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    Hermeneutics, human sciences and health: linking theory and practice

    Smith, Jonathan A. (2007) Hermeneutics, human sciences and health: linking theory and practice. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being 2 (1), pp. 3-11. ISSN 1748-2631.

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    This paper considers the relationship between hermeneutic theory and qualitative empirical research in the human sciences. I suggest that the human sciences can offer a useful crucible for thinking again about some of the ideas in hermeneutics. I then provide a small piece of data from an empirical study I conducted on identity change during the transition to motherhood and show how the data and analysis can be “re-illuminated” when thought of in terms of ideas from the hermeneutic writing of Schleiermacher, Heidegger and Gadamer. Finally, I suggest a project that would go round one particular hermeneutic circle in the different direction, using empirical research in the human sciences to further extend and develop hermeneutic theory.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2020 14:19
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:58


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