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Symbole des Lebenslaufes

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Ieva Reinersmann

Dieses Buch befasst sich mit Symbolen des Lebenslaufes. Im Rahmen der Individualisierung sind die kollektiv verbreiteten Bilder des Lebenslaufes aus dem kulturellen Raum weitgehend verschwunden. Das Hauptziel der Autorin ist die empirische Erforschung aktuell verbreiteter Vorstellungen vom menschlichen Lebenslauf in Form von Bildern, Metaphern und konkreten Zeichnungen. Sie kombiniert dabei im methodischen Design qualitative und quantitative Zugänge miteinander und analysiert neben alters- und geschlechtstypischen Effekten auch kulturelle Einflüsse im Vergleich von Deutschland und Litauen zueinander.

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The theme of this research study is the symbols of the life course. The main purpose is to explore the current prevalent images of the life course in the symbolic forms of abstract pictorial images, metaphors and more concrete pictures of the life course. These external pictorial and verbal symbolic forms are theoretically understood as the representations of the internal images of the personal conception of his or her own course of life. It is supposed that the conceptions of the life course are based, on the one hand, on collective and culturally transmitted images and, on the other hand, on such factors as one’s gender, age, or personal life experiences and certainly personal choice. Furthermore it can be assumed that participants from different countries, age groups and gender would have different images of their life courses. 200 participants from Germany and 200 participants from Lithuania were asked to choose abstract geometric forms which could symbolically represent their life and give verbal explanations for their choices. The question was also whether the old picture of the stairway of life (Lebenstreppe) is still a current valid symbol for their life course. At the end, the participants were asked to draw their own picture for their personal life course. After statistical evaluation differences could be found between the two countries, age groups and gender. The differences between countries and age groups were bigger than between the two gender.←13 | 14→ ←14 | 15→

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