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Schütze, Fritz

By: Sabina Siebert & Renata Szczepanik | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2019 | Length:   4 | DOI: |
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Fritz Schütze (b. 1944) is a German sociologist known for his contribution to biographical sociology. By linking various types of biographical inquiry, he laid methodological and theoretical foundations for the life story method, sometimes referred to as life history method. His method offers a coherent methodological, theoretical, and analytic approach based on autobiographical narrative interviews as a method of collecting data, and involving precise procedures for data analysis based on grounded theory. It draws on sociolinguistics, symbolic interactionism, social phenomenology, ethnomethodology, ethnography of communication, and cognitive anthropology.

Schütze’s life history method was developed long before the “narrative turn” in social sciences. It was an antecedent to contemporary narrative approaches that were influenced by the introduction of narratology in social sciences, with its specific assumptions, and the ...

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