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Phenomenology

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By: Thomas S. Eberle & Bernt Schnettler | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2019 | Length: 3 | DOI: |
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Phenomenology is a research approach to investigate how subjects constitute sense of perceived phenomena. Its contribution to empirical research methodology is fundamental and particular at the same time. Fundamental, because as a radical subjective approach to epistemology, it has decisively changed scholars’ understanding of the structures that constitute the human fabric of reality and its interpretation. Particular, because phenomenological methods of analysis have produced seminal findings not only for the methodology of the social sciences in general but with regard to particular substantial fields of social research as well. However, phenomenology does not merely establish new interpretive methods, given that phenomenological analysis begins before empirical data are even constituted. It points to a far more fundamental level than pragmatic strategies of data collection, processing, or ...

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