Generalization from Single Cases and the Concept of Double Dialogicality

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The present paper addresses how the concept of double-dialogicality may contribute to our understanding of how to generalize from single cases. Various attempts have been made within qualitative social research to define how generalization is possible from single cases. One problem with generalization in psychology is that any human activity and sense making is situated/occasioned and all psychological phenomenon are hence unique. However, they are not arbitrary but dialogically intertwined with socio-cultural traditions of sense making and acting. Discursive practices play a pivotal role in this. In social interactions, persons draw on culturally available resources without which communicative meaning would be impossible. Double dialogicality as introduced by Per Linell helps to understand this relation and allows for identifying the general in the unique.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIntegrative Psychological & Behavioral Science
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)77-93
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2017


  • Qualitative Research, Generalization, Single Case, Double Dialogicality

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