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Biography and social exclusion in Europe : experiences and by Michael Rustin, Tom Wengraf, Prue Chamberlayne

By Michael Rustin, Tom Wengraf, Prue Chamberlayne

Based on 250 life-story interviews in seven eu Union nations, Biography and social exclusion in Europe:analyses own struggles opposed to social exclusion to light up neighborhood milieus and altering welfare regimes and contexts;points to tough new agendas for ecu politics and welfare, past the rhetoric of communitarianism and the hot Deal;vividly illustrates the lived event and environmental complexity operating for and opposed to structural strategies of social exclusion;refashions the interpretive culture as a instructing and examine software linking macro and micro realities.·[vbTab]·[vbTab]·[vbTab]Students, educational academics running shoes, practitioners, politicians, coverage makers and researchers in utilized and comparative welfare fields will all take advantage of interpreting this book.

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In other words, with some reluctance at times, but predominantly with a view to what is in it for her, she embraces what seems to be inevitable anyway. What is necessary, inevitable or expected of her, therefore, becomes inseparably linked to and identified with what she wants. She chooses, in short, what she must. This is certainly a paradoxical modus operandi, but a fruitful one, and eminently practical6. It made Heike happily follow the pre-established career path that her parents had laid out for her, and it then enabled her to avoid a serious crash when the political system that supported her imploded.

No way out and disenchantment We have identified Heike’s basic biographical strategy as ‘choosing what she must’. How does this relate to Nicolás’ strategy? For Nicolás, there is no such purely external element that his troubles could be be attributed to. Therefore, in his case, internal factors must be crucial in the genesis of the biographical blockage. This makes for another difference. Nicolás’ internal struggle, the clash of conflicting loyalties and the translation to the ‘surrogate field’ of the outside world are a terrible strain on him.

Those constellations of values and strategies that were useful for a specific generation within a specific political and cultural context have been anything but effective for the next generation, which grew up in a society that has undergone unexpected transformations in the meantime. So much so, 37 Biography and social exclusion in Europe that well-assumed biographical resources can even become handicaps – just as was the case, in a more radical way, in the GDR. What then were the social conditions that were of prime importance for the emergence of the two cases of blocked journeys that we have presented?

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