Research on the impact of significant events on individual’s life - Riga Stradiņš University

Research on the impact of significant events on individual’s life

10:14, 16 March, 2015
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On Tuesday, 31 March, at 10:00, in an open meeting of the Promotion Council of Sociology of Rīga Stradiņš University which will take place at the Hippocrates Lecture Theatre (Rīga, 16 Dzirciema Street), Maruta Pranka will defend her doctoral thesis “The Biographical Approach in the Analysis of the Individual and Social Aspects of Biographical Disruption”.

Sociological analysis of the individual and social aspects of biographical disruption is conducted in the doctoral thesis. The concept of biographical disruption is related to the influence of a significant, sudden event or events in individual's life that significantly change the course of life and plans.

There are different causes of biographical disruption, among them – high risk for hereditary severe chronic diseases – breast and/or ovary cancer.

The author obtained empirical data while working on the interdisciplinary research project “Creation of a new interdisciplinary research team to investigate breast cancer and to increase the efficacy of therapy and the patient’s quality of life” (Agreement No 2009/0230/1DP/1.1.1.2.0/09/APIA/VIAA/070) conducted at the Institute of Oncology, Rīga Stradiņš University.

The second cause for biographical disruption analysed is profound social changes due to historical events, namely, the Second World War and the Soviet occupation. The author used empirical data from the study performed by the National Oral History project of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Latvia.

The author used biographical approach – methodology that includes a total of qualitative methods. Means of overcoming biographical disruption are analysed in the thesis, namely, biographical work and social support.


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