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Lorsque les silences parlent dans les récits de vie : comment analyser la complexité du social ?

Abstract : Can silences on biographical events and reticence in life story narratives be fruitful to analyze situations of extreme violence and intricacy of dominations (gender, class, race) ? Under what conditions and how can sociologists use unsaid and semi-said things, without mobilizing psychoanalysis ? First by contextualizing life stories, by crossing them in groups (family, company, association, village...) it is possible to identify and elucidate some silences or reticences. Second the rhetoric and discourse analysis provide tools to clarify the narrative forms of reticence. To support her intention, the author presents two case studies taken from research on precariousness and individuation of female migrants by the involvement in local and multicultural associations and the creation of micro-enterprises, individuation often initiated in the country of origin. Silences and reticences add nuances in the interpretation of life story telling, enrich the corpus and highlight how the individuation of women is complex, discontinuous and fragile.
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Blandine Veith. Lorsque les silences parlent dans les récits de vie : comment analyser la complexité du social ?. L'homme et la société, L'harmattan, 2010, pp.151-169. ⟨10.3917/lhs.176.0151⟩. ⟨halshs-00728445⟩

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