Biographical and Narrative Research in Iberoamerica

Emergence, development and state fields

Authored by: Antonio Bolívar

The Routledge International Handbook on Narrative and Life History

Print publication date:  October  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138784291
eBook ISBN: 9781315768199
Adobe ISBN: 9781317665717


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Telling one’s life experiences and “reading” (in the sense of “interpreting”) these events/actions, based on the stories that the agents narrate, has become a research perspective in its own right. In Iberoamerica, as in Europe, after the crisis of positivism and the hermeneutic turn in the social sciences, the biographical approach has become a specific research perspective (Bolívar et al., 2001). With the “narrative turn”, there is an attempt to grant the deserved relevance to the discursive dimension of individuality, that is, to the ways humans experience and attach meaning to the world of life through language. Within qualitative research, the biographical and narrative approach has been acquiring its own identity in Iberoamerica in the social sciences.

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