"Deutungsmusteranalyse" (Interpretation Pattern Analysis) in Criminological Research


  • Christian Höffling Universität Bremen
  • Christine Plaß Universität Bremen
  • Michael Schetsche Universität Bremen




patterns of interpretation, qualitative research, corruption, criminology, methodology, sociology of knowledge


We present how a theory of social patterns of interpretation (Deutungsmuster) that is based on the sociology of knowledge can be used as a foundation and starting-point for the empirical analysis of different inventories of crime-related knowledge. The central elements of patterns of interpretation and four concrete steps for their reconstruction are described. By using the example "Corruption in Germany" we demonstrate what the result of such an analysis of patterns of interpretation can look like. In conclusion we provide some thoughts on the applicability of the analysis of patterns of interpretation for various fields of criminological research and some advice for methodological problems of the approach that have not been resolved up to now. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0201149


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Author Biographies

Christian Höffling, Universität Bremen

Christian HÖFFLING, Dr. rer. pol., Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für empirische und angewandte Soziologie (EMPAS) der Universität Bremen.

Christine Plaß, Universität Bremen

Christine PLASS, Dipl. Sozialwiss., Doktorandin am Institut für Soziologie der Universität Bremen

Michael Schetsche, Universität Bremen

Michael SCHETSCHE, Dr. rer. pol., Privatdozent am Institut für Soziologie der Universität Bremen



How to Cite

Höffling, C., Plaß, C., & Schetsche, M. (2002). "Deutungsmusteranalyse" (Interpretation Pattern Analysis) in Criminological Research. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-3.1.878