double hermeneutic


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double hermeneutic

(GIDDENS, 1984) the assumption that understanding in sociology and social science involves an understanding of social ACTION at two levels:
  1. the understanding of the ‘meaningful social world as constituted by lay actors’;
  2. the ‘metalanguages invented by sociologists and social scientists to understand and explain social action’. See also HERMENEUTICS, ETHNOMETHODOLOGY, VERSTEHEN.