TO THE METHODOLOGY OF WORK WITH NARRATED AND WRITTEN LIFE STORIES/BIOGRAPHIES
The paper deals with methodological questions concerning the work with oral and written life stories. The authoress subscribes to the approach to the biography as a social construct, social reality itself. Despite the growing amount of theoretical works dealing with analysis of this kind of source, there are voices against it, criticising its subjectivity and lack of theoretical background. The answer to this critique is directed towards the other group of researchers who search for 'almighty objectivity'. Both approaches ('qualitative' vs. 'quantitative') seem to bear a problematic core inside. Together with Gabriele Rosenthal the authoress looks for the solution in the dualistic conception of the history and the told story, the event and the experience, the lived and the told, where by the analysis we should consider both sides of the story. On one side the life of people is taking place on the background of the historical - social reality, on the other side the social reality is constructed through the lives of people.
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