Introduction to Interpretive Videoanalysis of Social Situations
1 Introduction: Video Analyses in Interpretive Social Research
1Introduction: Video Analyses in Interpretive Social Research
The introductory chapter sets the stage for the entire book. It briefly outlines the structure and organization of the book and presents the individual core themes contained in it. Videography, as we understand it, is a specific method. Step by step, we take you through the separate elements of the corresponding research activities. This part of the book contains references to the chapters that follow, in which we explain the details that make up the individual components of the action. The information is broken down into sections headed by a lift-out quote highlighting a key topic. After reading this introductory chapter, readers should know how and to what end we practice videography, and what specific features its methods include.
The object of sociology, as previously stated by Weber, is to understand and explain the meaning of social action (1978: 4ff.). His contemporary Simmel, in his approach to sociology, focuses on interactions (Simmel 1910). Today interaction is a common term, frequently linked with the concept of communication as a fundamental process in social life (Mead 1910). Around 100 years after these key thinkers, sociology and the social sciences now look back on a flourishing evolution of the groundwork laid for the discipline in their theories of action, interaction, and communication.
It is not only their theoretical constructs that have been refined and expanded, enabling us to combine action, interaction, and communication in the concept of communicative action.1 The...
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