Cinta de Moebio: Revista de Epistemología de Ciencias Sociales

Capriati, A. (2017) Tensiones y desafíos en el uso del método biográfico. Cinta moebio 60: 316-327. doi: 10.4067/S0717-554X2017000300316


Tensions and challenges in the use of the biographical method

Alejandro Capriati ( CONICET (Buenos Aires, Argentina) ORCID: 0000-0001-8204-6878


The article identifies tensions and challenges in the use of biographical method in social research. From its use in studies on inequalities, vulnerabilities and supports in young people, it examines theoretical, technical and epistemological issues. I argue that the ways of linking the story and its context place a tension that goes beyond the uses of the biographical method and refers to a central problem of the social sciences: the tension between the individual and society or the relationship between the micro and the macro level. From the review of the research process itself, it is important to emphasize the importance of the theoretical framework of research, the requirement of transparency in the procedures for the processing of empirical evidence and the requirement to put theory and narratives in dialogue analysis.

Key words: biography, method, youth, vulnerability, case, individual.

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