Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963909 | Print ISBN: 9781412941631 | Online ISBN: 9781412963909| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Kate T. Anderson
Intersubjectivity refers to shared understanding. Drawing on the philosophical notion of subjectivity (i.e., that meaning is necessarily colored by one's experiences and biases), intersubjectivity recognizes that meaning is based on one's position of reference and is socially mediated through interaction. In other words, knowing is not simply the product of individual minds in isolation. In qualitative research, inter-subjectivity not only points to the ways in which we share understanding with others but also indicates that meaning and understanding lie along a continuum of mutual intelligibility. This notion is of particular interest to researchers who study verbal social interactions in general. In various modes ...