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Life diagrams: a methodological and analytical tool for accessing life histories
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3210-8609
2019 (English)In: Qualitative Research, ISSN 1468-7941, E-ISSN 1741-3109, p. 1-19Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article argues for the utility of life diagrams as a methodological and analytical tool across various life history projects. Using research on post-war political mobilization among former combatants (in Colombia, Namibia and the United States), the article demonstrates how a life diagram can modify the interview and become a useful analytical tool. During the interview the diagram helps both the research participant and the interviewer to compare different events, weigh various experiences, and ensure that all periods of the life are covered even if the interview is not done chronologically. During the analysis, the diagram offers a contrast with the transcript of the interview, and the shape of the life diagram can be compared across interviews in search of similar types. This visual turn can help address issues of empowerment, through promoting the research participants’ own interpretation of their lives.

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2019. p. 1-19
Keywords [en]
empowerment, graphic elicitation, life diagrams, life history interviews, life trajectories and transitions, temporal position, visual turn
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Political Science; Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-372672DOI: 10.1177/1468794118819068OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-372672DiVA, id: diva2:1276509
Available from: 2019-01-08 Created: 2019-01-08 Last updated: 2019-01-17Bibliographically approved

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