Margaretha Järvinen |
Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen & The Danish National Institute of Social Research
The purpose of the article is to suggest a development of the narrative life history tradition along the lines represented by George Herbert Mead and Paul Ricoeur. This theoretical approach is presented as an alternative to both subjectivist approaches, that continue the search for the solitary, true self behind the life histories, and to structuralist approaches, in which the self and its past experience disappears. In the article a theoretical framework is sketched that a) focuses on “the perspective of the present” but does not lose sight of the past, and b) emphasizes the interactionist dimensions of life histories but also pays attention to the self and its ongoing projects. The reasonings of Mead and Ricoeur are applied to a series of empirical examples, drawn from different areas of life history research. (Time, Narrative, Emplotment, Life Histories, Self, Mead, Ricoeur)
2011. Taking one day at a time: Temporal experiences in the context of unexpected life course transitions. Time & Society 20:1 ► pp. 49 ff.
Smith, Brett & Andrew C. Sparkes
2008. Contrasting perspectives on narrating selves and identities: an invitation to dialogue. Qualitative Research 8:1 ► pp. 5 ff.
2020. Life diagrams: a methodological and analytical tool for accessing life histories. Qualitative Research 20:1 ► pp. 3 ff.
2009. Cultural Psychology Today: Innovations and Oversights. Culture & Psychology 15:1 ► pp. 5 ff.
2008. ‘Polyphonic’ welfare: Luhmann's systems theory applied to modern social work. International Journal of Social Welfare 17:1 ► pp. 65 ff.
Watts, Michael F.
2015. 1.7 Life History Research and the Interpretation of Working Class Success in Higher Education in the United Kingdom. In International Handbook of Interpretation in Educational Research [Springer International Handbooks of Education, ], ► pp. 233 ff.
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2007. References. In Narrative Research in Nursing, ► pp. 158 ff.
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