Extended Processes of Biographical Suffering and the Allusive Expression of Deceit in an Autobiographical Narrative Interview with a Female Migrant Worker in Germany

  • Bärbel Treichel Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
  • Birgit Schwelling Europa-Universität Viadrina
Keywords: autobiographical narrative analysis, biography analysis, process structures of the life course, qualitative-reconstructive social science research, trajectories of suffering

Abstract

The main focus of this paper is on processes of severe suffering in the sense of the concept of trajectory as developed by Anselm STRAUSS and Fritz SCHÜTZE. A sequential analysis and a detailed analysis of verbalization processes are carried out. This was done in order to show how meaning as uttered by the informant on a propositional level had to be interpreted symptomatically or documentarily and embedded in verbalization processes and process structures of the life course. This is particularly evident in cases where major mechanisms of biography development remain opaque and cannot be formulated by the informant on the surface of narrative production as it occurs with trajectory processes of suffering. In agreement with the assignment for all contributors to the conference section and volume, the paper deals with one particular autobiographical narrative interview and presents analytical steps and insights in one particular analytical framework; in the case of this paper autobiographical narrative analysis and analysis of process structures of the life course were used. The interview can be found in the Internet at http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/3-03/Huelya-e.htm. Reference is made by lines. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0303240

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Author Biographies

Bärbel Treichel, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
Dr. Bärbel TREICHEL is a linguist and sociologist working in the fields of interactional sociolinguistics and biography analysis. Her dissertation is on the linguistic analysis of autobiographical narratives from university students; her habilitation research is on individual and collective identity constructions and language and culture contact in Wales (GB).
Birgit Schwelling, Europa-Universität Viadrina
Dr. Birgit SCHWELLING is a sociologist and political scientist working in the field of cultural analysis. Her dissertation is on transformation processes in Germany after 1945, with particular focus on change and continuity of mentalities. She is presently working on identity constructions among members of war veteran's associations after World War I and World War II.
Published
2003-09-30
How to Cite
Treichel, B., & Schwelling, B. (2003). Extended Processes of Biographical Suffering and the Allusive Expression of Deceit in an Autobiographical Narrative Interview with a Female Migrant Worker in Germany. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 4(3). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-4.3.672