Interpretive theory is a general category of theory including symbolic interactionism, labeling, ethnomethodology, phenomenology and social constructionism. Interpretive theory is typically contrasted with structural theories which claim to remove the subjectivity of the actor and the researcher and assume that human behavior can best be understood as determined by the pushes and pulls of structural forces. Interpretive research is fundamentally concerned with meaning and it seeks to understand social members' definition of a situation - Schwandt. Interpretive theory involves building a second order theory or theory of members' theories - Alfred Schutz
Interpretive theory is more accepting of free will and sees human behavior as the outcome of the subjective interpretation of the environment. Structural theory focuses on the situation in which people act while interpretive theory focuses on the actor's definition of the situation in which they act. Interpretive theory seeks reciprocal inter-subjective understanding of subjects. Max Weber consolidated and developed a rich mass of interpretive theory of religion in his volumes on Judaism, Christianity, the Protestant Ethic, Confucianism, Hinduism and Islam.
The arrival of interpretivism in the scene, previously dominated by positivism and natural law theories about the nature of law, has stimulated a great deal of debate. - Stavropoulos, Nicos, "Interpretivist Theories of Law".
Early Modern Social Theory: Selected Interpretive Readings Book by Murray E G Smith - Collection of essays illuminates the course of development of modern social thought, from the Enlightenment to the 1920s. Essays focus on the most prominent social theroists, including Smith, Durkheim, Marx, Engels and Weber. Each essay describes the main contributions of the theorist as well as the political and economic context in which he worked.
Hermeneutics: An Introduction to Interpretive Theory by Stanley E. Porter and Jason C. Robinson (Nov 15, 2011)
The Judiciary Is a They,
Not an It: Two Fallacies of Interpretive Theory
INTERPRETIVISM AND CONSTRUCTIVISM
Researching Your Professional Pratice: Doing Interpretive Research (Doing Qualitative Analysis Research in Educational Settings) Book by Hilary A. Radnor
The book is designed to demystify the interpretive/qualitative research process for educators doing a further degree at masters or doctoral level.
Toward an Interpretive Theory of Legal Ethics