Everyday Routine, Social Structure and Sociological Theory: Using Ethnographic Semantics for Research on Prisons

  • Christoph Maeder University of Teacher Education Thurgau
Keywords: ethnography, ethnoscience, qualitative methods, prisons, organizational culture


The ethnographic reconstruction of a selected semantic field within a prison reveals the potential of a method hardly ever used in the research field in the German speaking countries: ethnographic semantics. Thus it is demonstrated how fertile this kind of research on prisons in terms of understanding this particular social order can be. In addition, references to general sociological theory and other super-ordinate discourses concerning prison-practice become intelligible. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0201159


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Author Biography

Christoph Maeder, University of Teacher Education Thurgau
Prof. Dr. Christoph MAEDER; fields of interest: sociology of knowledge and culture, sociology of organization in governmental agencies, ethnographic sociology