Biography, Risk and Uncertainty—Is there Common Ground for Biographical Research and Risk Research?

Jens O. Zinn


This contribution introduces different perspectives of research which combine the concepts biography, risk and uncertainty. It starts with outlining the assumption that biographical research and risk research could gain from an exchange of concepts and research strategies. In a first step I will argue that in risk research the concept of the subject is under developed and that this deficit could be overcome by using biographical concepts. In a second step I distinguish between biographical research-strategies which approach social reality differently. Finally, by the example of the contributions of this special issue, I will show how these different biographical approaches influence the way risk and uncertainty are approached.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1001153


biography; risk; uncertainty; methodology

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