Premises of Police-Research Considered from a Hermeneutical Sociology of Knowledge

  • Jo Reichertz Kulturwissenschaftlichen Institut (KWI) Essen
Keywords: empirical police-research, hermeneutical sociology of knowledge, field research, myths of police, qualitative research of organizations

Abstract

In this article I introduce and discuss the methodological, methodical, and object-related premises of a hermeneutical sociology of knowledge on which empirical police-research should be based. In the first part, it will be shown why and how what data has to be collected and analyzed. With the example of "mythological stories" which are a given in the field of police-research, it will be demonstrated how these stories provide "solution" to a specific "problem" of social action. The subject of research is the police institution as well as the work embedded in this institution—or, stated differently: This kind of empirical police-research, on the one hand, analyzes the logic of action within this institution, but does not follow the same logic, and, on the other hand, it analyzes the police work, but does not pursue it. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0201172

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Author Biography

Jo Reichertz, Kulturwissenschaftlichen Institut (KWI) Essen
Prof. Dr. Jo REICHERTZ (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs/impressum/reichertz-d.htm); Jahrgang 1949, Studium der Germanistik, Mathematik, Soziologie und Kommunikationswissenschaft. Dissertation zur Entwicklung der "Objektiven Hermeneutik". Habilitation mit einer soziologischen Feldstudie zur Arbeit der Kriminalpolizei. Seit 1993 Professor für Kommunikationswissenschaft an der Universität Essen – zuständig für die Bereiche "Strategische Kommunikation", "Qualitative Methoden", "Kommunikation in Institutionen", und "Neue Medien". Gastprofessuren in Wien, Lehraufträge in Hagen, Witten/Herdecke, St. Gallen und Wien. Mehrere Jahre im Vorstand und auch Sprecher der Sektion "Sprachsoziologie" in der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie. Vorstandsmitglied der Sektion "Wissenssoziologie" in der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie. Arbeitsschwerpunkte: qualitative Text- und Bildhermeneutik, Kultursoziologie, Religionssoziologie, Medienanalyse, Mediennutzung, empirische Polizeiforschung, Werbe- und Unternehmenskommunikation
Published
2002-01-31
How to Cite
Reichertz, J. (2002). Premises of Police-Research Considered from a Hermeneutical Sociology of Knowledge. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-3.1.881

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