ERIC Number: EJ883624
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Globalization and Life History Research: Fragments of a Life Foretold
Tierney, William G.
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v23 n2 p129-146 Mar 2010
The goal of this paper is to understand, by way of a life history of one low-income working-class youth, how globalization impacts the working class in a developing nation. The concept of globalization and the method of life history seem diametrically opposed. Globalization is an idea about large social forces that impact the economic and material conditions of nations. Life history assumes that understanding the specific context of one person is paramount. The author takes issue with the idea that the two concepts are incompatible and instead suggests that life history affords a way to come to terms with globalization that is often missing from large cross-national studies. The text suggests that life history provides opportunities for understanding globalization from a new vantage point that does not contradict previous research, but instead lends depth and understanding about how individuals act and react to the forces of globalization.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Developing Nations, Working Class, Social Influences, Global Approach, Biographies, Context Effect, Geographic Isolation, Technological Advancement, Age Differences, Expectation, Internet, Influence of Technology, Social Networks, Barriers, Social Change, Work Attitudes, Religious Factors, Self Concept, Consumer Economics, Economic Impact, Phenomenology
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia