Introduction: In Search of Life History

Authored by: Ari Antikainen

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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Life experiences constitute the basis for individual and group development. Thus, it is natural to assume that studying life histories would be common in the sociology of education or at least more common than in most other fields of sociology. However, that is not the case (Antikainen, 2003). Our educational sociology research group decided to study the meanings of education in Finnish people’s life just for the reason that the hypothetical social effects of education were known but the meanings of education in individual and group life were largely uncovered subject in empirical research. We formed our research questions by our empowered voice in the following way:

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