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How to Use Life History in Sociology?

posted Jul 13, 2019, 12:49 PM by Sara D. Topciu   [ updated Jul 31, 2019, 4:48 AM ]

Zsuzsanna Bögre1

Journal of Social Research & PolicyVolume: 9, Issue: 1
, pp. 41-54
Date: July 2018
ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)

Abstract: In this study I present how life history method may contribute to better understanding of society and culture or historical periods. The past lives in the present–as they say. “Putting together” a person’s life–according to different aspects– complements the social self-awareness. First, I briefly summarize the characteristics of life history, then I describe some aspects of analysis and after these I will present a concrete life history analysis. The last step was when I drew attention to theory–that it is worthwhile to support and sum up the narrative of life history with a carefully chosen theory. 

Keywords: Biography Methods; Personal Documents; Life History; Turning Points; Analysis of Life Stories
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Sara D. Topciu,
Jul 31, 2019, 4:46 AM