Gómez, N. (2016) La construcción colectiva de conocimientos en las comunidades interpretativas. Cinta moebio 55: 66-79. doi: 10.4067/S0717-554X2016000100005


Collective construction of knowledge in interpretative communities

Nicolás Gómez (nicolas.gomez@ucentral.cl) Escuela de Sociología, Universidad Central de Chile (Santiago, Chile)


The article proposes that the objects of study in the social sciences are built into routines of interactions that we named interpretative communities. These adopt different qualities from those of an interview, because they are beyond the negotiations and agreements established by individuals to point out their positions in the development of knowledge. Moreover, from the perspective of interpretive communities, it becomes possible to identify biases that occur in the absence of epistemological vigilance in the task of specifying the theoretical objects to achieve interpretive models, and promotes the use of reflexivity in community processes that report ontological security and reintegrate daily life. To develop these arguments a narrative axis is presented of the social scientist movements from a methodical solipsism towards a collective construction of knowledge. On this trajectory, life story helps to broaden the interview, also the dialogue facilitates the recognition of operational consensus that secures a sense of belonging and opens up the possibility to review the community appropriation by two perspectives, one of the subject co-producer of knowledge and one of the operating groups.

Keywords: epistemological surveillance, interpretive communities, interview, remembrance, collective knowledge.


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