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 [Page 150]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.
- 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.
The social world is a storied world and constructed ...