Meaning Constitution Analysis: A Phenomenological Approach

Roger Sages

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Each and every thought, word, feeling or action of a person recele a surplus of meaning, opening on all the possible worlds accessible for him/her. A vision on those possible worlds and possibilities of action, should be of the highest interest for psychological research. Research in cross/cultural/intercultural psychology confronts the researcher to language, in conversations, narratives, writings and texts studied, to understand the relations of individuals to their cultures. Collecting freely expressed narratives and texts, the researcher accesses the whole universe of the subject in all its richness, individual specificity and cultural and social characteristics.
Hence the question of the meaning and interpretation of the narratives to be done by a lecture in intension to reconstruct the possible worlds of the subject by phenomenological analysis (MCA, Meaning Constitution Analysis) exploring the pluralities of the significations lying in the texts and implied by it. A phenomenological method of research and text analysis will be presented and applied to research corpuses. A software, MCA – Minerva, has been developed as an efficient tool in the work of text analysis. MCA-Minerva allows for any kind of texts to be analyzed in a rigorous and controlled way. By allowing also for different statistical treatment of the results of the process of analysis, it renders obsolete the now almost classical distinction between qualitative and quantitative methods.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication[Host publication title missing]
PublisherEuropean Society for Philosophy and Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event13th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology (ESPP Conference 2005) - Lund, Sweden
Duration: 2005 Aug 112005 Aug 14


Conference13th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology (ESPP Conference 2005)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Psychology


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