Deciphering the Social in Experiences of Mental Illness: What can the interface between autobiography and biography tell us?
Summary, in English
The central concern for this paper is the movement from the subjective autobiographical account to sociological conclusions about ”the social”. Informed by literature studies and narrative theory the paper seeks to solve this problem by focusing on the interface between autobiography and biography. Autobiography refers here to that knowledge that comes from an individual who talks about his or her life, but tell a story about common social aspects of how it is to live with a mental illness. Biography refers then to the biographical knowledge actors such as clinicians or other peers creates about the individual with a mental illness. It is the knowledge about them as individuals used when seeking for signs of pathologies. Autobiographies are necessarily not the same as, though they are highly interrelated with, biographies.
In conclusion this paper hold that focusing on the interface between autobiography and biography provide new ways to interpret and analyse life stories on the field of medicine.
- Institutionen för service management och tjänstevetenskap
- Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
- medical sociology
- life stories
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