144.3 When social risk became individual. Biographies made during December 2001 in Argentina

Wednesday, August 1, 2012: 1:30 PM
Faculty of Economics, TBA
Oral Presentation
Lorena POBLETE , CONICET-IDES, Caba, Argentina
In order to analyze the careers of middle-class professionals between 2001 and 2008, I interviewed 60 individuals belonging to 14 families. The question of the first meeting was to tell me the story of his family at work. The fact that interviews were conducted between December 20, 2001 and January 20, 2002, the reference to the context of national crisis was - as might be expected given the nature of the crisis very strong. However, the interested about these biographical discourses is the way that social risks resulting from the economic, social and political crisis, become personal risks.

The aim of this paper is to analyze the way in which the actors transform these social risks in individual risks. That is, analyzing the way in which social risks are translated into individual risks in their own labour itineraries. To do this, we will focus primarily on the biographies of young professionals during those years were inserted for the first time in the labor market. Through analysis of these biographies, I propose a reflection on the way in which biography as methodology allows us to account for social history.