Metaphors as Traces of Discourses in Biographical Texts


  • Ute Karl Universität Luxemburg



biographical research, theory of discourse, analysis of metaphors, constitution of subjects, positioning of subjects, temporality and narration


In this article I discuss the potentials of discourse theory for biographical research from a social constructivist perspective. The connection between discourse theory and biographical research is becoming increasingly important in qualitative research. Despite this increasing importance, there are few guidelines explaining how discourses or parts of discourses can be reconstructed in biographical narratives and how the complex relation of temporality and narration can be taken into consideration. This contribution focuses on these issues and suggests the analysis of metaphors as a possible means to reconstruct discourses or parts of them in biographical narratives. Two examples will illustrate this perspective. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs070139


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Author Biography

Ute Karl, Universität Luxemburg

Ute KARL, Dr.: Forschungsschwerpunkte: Methoden der qualitativen Sozialforschung, Beratung, feministische Theorien und Geschlechterforschung, Subjektkonstituierung und Körperlichkeit in Macht- und Herrschaftsverhältnissen, sozialwissenschaftliche Alter(n)sforschung, ästhetische Bildung und Theaterpädagogik.



How to Cite

Karl, U. (2007). Metaphors as Traces of Discourses in Biographical Texts. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 8(1).



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