Karl Eriksson

Karl Eriksson

Senior lecturer

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My research centers on exploring how phenomenological philosophical ideas may enrich our understanding of the face-to-face context of social work practice. Historically, phenomenology has had a considerable impact on qualitative methodology within the social sciences. However, less attention has been given to how applied phenomenology, particularly the phenomenology of intersubjectivity, can contribute to clarifying what it means to relate to other people from a first-person perspective, as well as within the social worker's role.

My dissertation, entitled Elusive relations: A phenomenology of interpersonal understanding in social work, investigates, among other things, the ways in which phenomenological insights on reflection and practical knowledge can be considered implicit in the lived experience of reflecting on the other. This research encompasses studies on empathy, alterity, peer support, and stigmatization.

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  • Social Work

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  • LSSMC: Qualitative Methods Lab


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