A psycho-societal approach to life histories

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Life histories represent lived lives past, present and anticipated future. As such they are interpretations of individuals’ experiences of the way in which societal dynamics take place in the individual body and mind, either by the individual him/herself or by another biographer. I have been particularly interested in the relations between the culturally mediated and the sensory/bodily aspects of experience processes because this is the boundary zones of knowledge and seat of the dynamics of learning. My psycho-societal approach was developing from interpreting autobiographical and later certain other forms of language interactive material as moments of life history, i.e. it is basically a hermeneutic approach. Talking about a psycho-societal approach indicates the ambition of attacking the dichotomy of the social and the psychic, both in the interpretation procedure and in some main theoretical understandings of language, body and mind.
Translated title of the contributionEn psyko-social tilgang til livshistorier
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge International Handbook on Narrative and Life History
EditorsIvor Goodson, Ari Antikainen, Pat Sikes, Molly Andrews
Number of pages11
Place of PublicationNew York and Oxon
Publication date25 Oct 2016
ISBN (Print)9781138784291
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2016

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