Life Historys Second Life Academic Article uri icon


  • New and revisited insights, theoretical developments, and the emanation of a new political landscapecoupled with the influence of new technologies and social mediasuggest that life histories might be considerably more complicated to conduct today than a short generation ago. For example, at least three developmentsthe rise of a neoliberal, ultra-capitalist, political-economic environment; new technologies, particularly the rise of social media and the shifting social relationships such technologies have engendered; and the Enlightenment counter in posthumanismhave given rise to a postmodern saturated self. This saturated self is both more situated in the new era and, at the same time, less intimately connected with a surrounding community. This article will explore the critical junctures and concussions of life history with new theoretical, political, and social pressures on the individual and on the practice of creating biography from life history.

published proceedings

  • Qualitative Inquiry

author list (cited authors)

  • Lincoln, Y., & Lanford, M.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Lincoln, Yvonna||Lanford, Michael

publication date

  • June 2019