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Interpretation and Explanation in Cultural Sociology. A Three-Step Model of Interpretation and Its Empirical Application



Year of publication 2014
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Proceedings of the XIV April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development. Volume 3
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Faculty of Social Studies

Field Sociology, demography
Keywords Cultural Sociology; qualitative methodology; documentary method; Karl Mannheim
Description The paper discusses the relation between interpretation and explanation in cultural sociology drawing on the early sociological works of Karl Mannheim. The dialectics between the surface of social life and cultural depth requires a particular type of interpretation which Mannheim dubbed «documentary interpretation». We can understand this structure as a «cultural background» that constitutes intentional acts and renders them meaningful.
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