@article { Dirks2004,
 title = {Möglichkeiten und Grenzen verstehenden Erklärens am Beispiel sprach- und kulturwissenschaftlicher Annäherungen an Auto-/Biographien.},
 author = {Dirks, Una},
 journal = {Historical Social Research},
 number = {4},
 pages = {154-170},
 volume = {29},
 year = {2004},
 url = {http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0168-ssoar-50297},
 abstract = {Rita Franceschini has edited a book that
deals with various elements of auto-/ biographical and multicultural
studies. Most of the authors' arguments draw on
linguistic, literary and ethnological approaches. In several
chapters attempts are made to exemplify the interdependencies
between biography and culture, specifically between
individual and collective constructions of reality. In addition,
various chapters focus on biographical structural effects
resulting from speakers’ experience with foreign language
challenges in bilingual or even trilingual contact situations.
The review of the volume is framed by a cultural
heuristic of an understanding explaining concept (Max
WEBER); the reviewer's criticism is supported by qualitative
standards of socio-pragmalinguistic and textlinguistic
work. From this point of view evidence is provided that explains
why literary studies' approaches tend to employ individual
sampling procedures as well as other default procedures
in gaining methodically controlled insights into
properties and dimensions at issue. The linguistic contributions
are discussed at length because of their efforts to connect micro- and macro-theoretical perspectives to each
other, as such efforts are viewed as building blocks of a cultural
studies' approach to research on (language) biographies.},
}