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Investigating Human Consciousness Through Florian Znaniecki's Humanistic Sociology and Memoir Method

Investigating Human Consciousness Through Florian Znaniecki's Humanistic Sociology and Memoir Method
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Author(s): Vegneskumar Maniam (University of New England, Australia)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 19
Source title: Educational Research in the Age of Anthropocene
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Vicente Reyes (University of Queensland, Australia), Jennifer Charteris (University of New England, Australia), Adele Nye (University of New England, Australia) and Sofia Mavropoulou (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5317-5.ch008

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Abstract

In the search for social approaches that could contribute to deepening our understanding of issues related to what has been called the Age of the Anthropocene, the conceptual framework and memoir method of humanistic sociology are well worth considering. According to Znaniecki, memoirs (including letters, autobiographies and diaries), as well as personal statements on specific topics, were very valuable sources of data for humanistic sociological analysis. The humanistic conceptual framework and methods have proved to be well suited to investigating how individuals of different cultural communities, as well as those of the Anglo-Celtic majority, viewed the reality of cultural and linguistic diversity in Australia and how this affected their sense of identity. Examples from Australian research on the issue of individuals' sense of cultural identity are presented and analysed to show how the approach can provide insights into the consciousness of participants.

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