Rekonstruktive Sozialforschung


Wolfgang Stenzel (HWK)


  • Dr. Ursula Blömer, Unversity Oldenburg
  • Prof. Dr. Detlef Garz, University Mainz (Speaker)
  • Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Klaus Kraimer, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft des Saarlandes, University of Applied Sciences
  • apl. Prof. Dr. Ulrike Nagel, University Magdeburg
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Oevermann, University Frankfurt
  • Prof. Dr. rer. pol. habil. Gerhard Riemann, Georg-Simon-Ohm Hochschule Nürnberg, University of Applied Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Fritz Schütze, University Magdeburg
  • Prof. Dr. habil. Boris Zizek, Universität Hannover (2012-2018)

Junior Researchers

  • Dr. Carsten Detka, University Magdeburg
  • Dr. Manuel Franzman, University Frankfurt (since June 1, 2013)
  • Dr. Matthias Jung, University Frankfurt (since February 4, 2014)
  • Dr. Anja Wildhagen, University Magdeburg


August 2013 - December 2018

While the "interpretive turn" in the social sciences was fulfilled more than a quarter of a century ago, only gradually have those procedures begun to emerge within this paradigm whose impact unfolds against this backdrop, but that can, through a series of specific assumptions, lay claim to an autonomous status. In the German-speaking world, these include most notably the procedures of sociolinguistic process analysis elaborated by two members of the study group: narrative interview and narration-structural evaluation methods sensu Fritz Schütze, and the objective hermeneutics evaluation method developed by Ulrich Oevermann. For the first time, these two approaches are to undergo in the study group – which includes the two main proponents – a direct comparison that not only takes place on a theoretical or methodical level, but is carried out empirically and substantially on different materials (protocols). Ultimately, on the one hand, comparisons with other procedures within the spectrum of both interpretive and reconstructive approaches are to be carried out; on the other hand, the application and practice conditions of the two procedures in further academic disciplines (psychology, ethnology, social work, etc.) will be reviewed.


On the one hand, a book publication that presents, in the theoretical section, the two methods in their (newest) form and in comparison and in contrast. In the practical section, analyses will be presented that bear on the interviews on biographical development after the turnaround. In the final section of the work, generalizations in the sense of theory construction (medium range) will be undertaken.

On the other hand, the opportunity will be seized

  • to publish (intermediate) results of the workshops and
  • to present lectures at various conferences (even in other academic fields) in Germany and abroad and to publish these in academic journals. 

The study group’s constitutive meeting took place on December 16 and 17, 2011 at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg.