By Ken Plummer
Files of lifestyles was once initially released in 1983 and have become a vintage textual content, offering either a persuasive argument for a selected strategy and a manifesto for social learn. As a critique of anti-humanist method within the social sciences, it championed using existence tales and different own files in examine that are now general at the present time. This ebook is a considerably revised and accelerated model which takes on contemporary advancements. supplying quite a few illustrations from quite a number lifestyles files, the booklet lines the historical past of the strategy, examines methods of 'doing existence tale' study, and discusses the various political and moral concerns raised by means of such study. the entire booklet has been considerably re-written and
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1. Other disciplines have their life stories too. Within anthropology there is a well-established tradition of presenting the fullest accounts of Native Americans and their problems of acculturation. 2). In psychology, the situation is a little different. Whilst there has been an interest in `life course' development and life stories, the major interest has been in presenting biographies to the reader not as personal narratives but as `translations' by the analyst or psychologist. 2 Some classic anthropological life stories 1920 1938 1942 1960 1960 1961 1964 1954 1985 1978 1981 1982 1984 1991 1997 Paul Radin, The Autobiography of a Winnebago Indian, later published as Crashing Thunder (1926) Walter Dyk, Son of Old Man Hat: A Navaho Autobiography: a classic and still quite a lively read Leo W.
The content is less signi®cant. Likewise, with Rigoberta MenchuÂ, seeing her life story as a topic to be investigated means that we ask questions about how she came to tell this story at this time in this place. Why and how and with what consequences? What she says is shaped by a certain social condition, and it is this which becomes our topic to study. This is where we ended the last section ± once a life story is seen as a `construction', it becomes a topic we can investigate in its own right.
The classic source for interactionism is Herbert Blumer, Symbolic Interactionism (1969); I have collected papers on it in Ken Plummer, Symbolic Interactionism, Vols 1 & 2 (1991) as well as analysing its recent manifestations in Ken Plummer, `Symbolic interactionism at the end of the twentieth century' in Bryan S. ), The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory (2nd edn, 2000). On postmodernist social theory, a good introductory guide is George Ritzer's Postmodern Social Theory (1997). On Queer theory, see Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's Epistemology of the Closet (1990) and Steven Seidman's Difference Troubles: Queering Social Theory and Sexual Politics (1997).
Documents of Life 2: An Invitation to A Critical Humanism by Ken Plummer