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