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Life Story
Life story
KristínBjörnsdóttir
Definition

Remembering the past, telling one's life story and putting it into historical context is a form of self-expression and can bring structure to people's lives. Life stories focus on people's interpretations of their lives and the world around them. Life stories give insight into people's various and complex experiences and reveal important information about social values and practices. Furthermore, they can, for example, be used in research, for educational purposes and to encourage more user sensitive practices.

Key Points
  • Life stories demonstrate people's self-definitions, values, likes and dislikes.
  • Life stories give valuable information about history, policy and practice.
  • Life stories are valuable for encouraging user sensitive practices.
  • Life stories of people with learning disabilities are often forgotten or silenced.
Discussion

The social world is a storied world and constructed ...

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