Jan Fuhse
Following several strands of sociological theory (most importantly: relational sociology around Harrison White), Jan Fuhse regards social structures as composed of social networks which are interwoven with meaning. More precise, networks exist as relational expectations emerging, stabilizing, and changing over the course of communicative events. Network research therefore has to focus on both the symbolic and the communicative-dynamic side of social networks. Currently, Jan Fuhse is working on methods to study this formation and change of networks in communication. For this, he combines relational sociology with Niklas Luhmann’s theory of communication and various discourse analytical approaches, including conversation analysis, interactional sociolinguistics, and positioning theory. The idea is to study relational aspects of communication with qualitative-interpretive and quantitative-explanatory methods.