Places and Emplacement: Employing the Sociology of Space for the Analysis of Life Histories

Johannes Becker


In this article, I introduce a research perspective which combines the analysis of family and life histories with the analysis of places. I define the terms place and emplacement as being processual and spatial at the same time, aiming at a combination of the sociology of space and biographical research. I detail how the identification of places and emplacement can be done practically in the research process by using the conception of heuristic research spaces. On the basis of a case study taken from my empirical research in Jerusalem's Old City, I highlight the analytical advantages of including a consideration of places and emplacement.


reconstructive social research; social constructivist biographical research; sociology of space; urban sociology; research process; grounded-theory methodology; narrative interview; case reconstruction; biographical case reconstruction; Palestine; Israel


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