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


  • Johannes Becker Georg-August-Universität Göttingen



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


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.


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Author Biography

Johannes Becker, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Johannes BECKER ist Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Methodenzentrum Sozialwissenschaften, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. Er koordiniert das DFG-Forschungsprojekt "Dynamische Figurationen von Flüchtlingen, Migranten und Altansässigen in Jordanien seit 1946". Forschungsschwerpunkte sind neben der sozialkonstruktivistischen Biografieforschung Raum- und Stadtsoziologie, historische Soziologie sowie Flucht und Migration mit einem geografischen Schwerpunkt im Nahen Osten.



How to Cite

Becker, J. (2019). Places and Emplacement: Employing the Sociology of Space for the Analysis of Life Histories. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 20(1).



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