Repository logo

On the Uses of Phenomenology in Sociological Research: A Typology, some Criticisms and a Plea

Published version

Repository DOI

Change log



jats:titleAbstract</jats:title>jats:pThis paper aims to discern, clarify, criticise, and advocate some uses of phenomenology in sociological research. Phenomenology is increasingly evoked or implicitly employed in sociological endeavours. Little attention, however, is paid to what is entailed in taking a phenomenological approach, and whether it is employed to advance empirical or theoretical knowledge. I build an analytic typology of different empirical and theoretical uses of phenomenology, criticise a range of these uses, and argue that other uses bear significant potential for the advancement of theoretical and empirical knowledge. The paper's main contribution lies in comparing and contrasting the many invocations of phenomenology in contemporary social scientific research to discern their benefits and shortcomings.</jats:p>


Publication status: Published

Funder: Secretaría de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación of the Republic of Ecuador


44 Human Society, 50 Philosophy and Religious Studies, 5002 History and Philosophy Of Specific Fields

Journal Title

Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour

Conference Name

Journal ISSN


Volume Title