Express the Inexpressible - Sketches As Data for a Reconstructive Analysis
The sociological biographical research mainly focuses on reconstructing the genesis, reproduction and transformation of (conscious and unconscious) patterns of interpretation and interaction, mainly by hermeneutic analysis of (interview-)texts. In this regard the questions occur if the above mentioned parts of the environment of the actor could be verbalized in interviews in a sufficient and adequate way. And moreover it is worthwhile to think about how objects difficult or even impossible to be verbalized could become data (for reconstructive analytic methods).
In my talk I will present a method of data collection apart from interview-text as well as a method to analyze these data. Both were applied during my research in Israel and Palestine in the scope of a joint research project. For data collection we asked our Interviewees to sketch their ‘space’ to live. These sketches were analyzed in a hermeneutic and reconstructive manner to gain insight into relevant contexts of action and into cognitive representations of material and immaterial contexts.