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Phenomenology (sociology)

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Phenomenology within sociology, or phenomenological sociology, is the study of the formal structures of concrete social existence as made available in and through the analytical description of acts of intentional consciousness. The object of such an analysis is the meaningful lived world of everyday life (German: Lebenswelt or "Lifeworld"). The task of phenomenological sociology is to account for, or describe, the formal structures of the given object of investigation in terms of subjectivity, as an object-constituted-in-and-for-consciousness.[1] This is distinct from other social science descriptions in the utilization of phenomenological methods.