Biographies, Figurations and Discourses in the Global South

Monday, 16 July 2018: 17:30-19:20
RC38 Biography and Society (host committee)
RC09 Social Transformations and Sociology of Development

Language: English

For long biographical research in sociology has mostly focused on people from countries of the “Global North”, or even chiefly the “G7” countries, and on their lifeworlds. We invite contributions that concentrate firstly on life stories and life courses from outside of these geographical areas, and secondly on the intricate entwinement of biographical (self-)interpretations and life courses of individuals with larger social figurations and collective discourses in the course of time. In other words we hope for contributions that understand and explain the intertwining of individual, biographical and collective processes in a diachronic (“historical”) perspective - and ideally this intertwining itself too as a long-term or lengthy process. Among others we propose to pay attention to the interaction of individual and collective self-images, and to the inequalities of power and “voice” which are typical of established-outsiders figurations.
Session Organizers:
Artur BOGNER, University of Bayreuth, Germany and Jesus PINEDA OLIVIERI, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany
Artur BOGNER, University of Bayreuth, Germany
Oral Presentations
Privilege and Uncertainty: Life in a New Delhi Middle Class Neighborhood
Meenoo KOHLI, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
White Do-Gooders or Good Doers in an African City?
Marlize RABE, Department of Sociology, University of South Africa, South Africa; Ignatius SWART, University of the Western Cape, South Africa; Stephan DE BEER, Centre for Contextual Ministry, University of Pretoria, South Africa