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31.3 - Biographical Research

HSR Vol. 31 (2006) No. 3: Focus: Biographical Research

Gerhard Riemann (Ed.): Doing Biographical Research – A Joint Project Against the Backdrop of a Research Tradition

The study of life histories based upon different kinds of biographical materials – the “holistic” attempt to discover and to document how radical social changes have been experienced and understood by members of contemporary societies and how they have penetrated and shaped their life circumstances and life courses – has, of course, an important place in the history of sociology. This HSR Focus shows the possibilities biographical research gives as well as the obstacles the researcher may be confronted with.