9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN20 Qualitative Methods

2009-09-04 09:00:00 2009-09-04 10:30:00 Friday, 4 September 09:00 - 10:30 Biography and Life History Research Building II, C2.01

Tell me... Mixed «personal story» and art «to tell story» to understand the lesbians that choose to become mothers

Tell me about something of you and I'll listen your story. Sometimes if the pourpose is to understand pieces of people life, the only possible method is to ask and to listen the «personal story». There are many ways to ask something and often mixing methods could be useful in order to obtain our research' goals.
To study the wish of lesbians to become mothers and their root to obtain this represent a good situation to test the mix between «personal story» (Bertaux 1981, 1998; Ferrarotti 1981; Olagnero, Saraceno 1993; Bichi, 2000) and the art «to tell story» (Marradi, 2005).
The particularities and the delicacy of this topic have need non-standar tecnique for the analyze, because the resesearcher must be feel person that speaks with him.
In this case it seems useful to mixed the two methods because in this way we can analyze:
- using «personal story», the subjective dimiension of the thoughts of women that have choose to become mothers
- and using the art «to tell story», them family values.
So, we analyze at one hand the personal jorney to obtain a son, but at the other hand we evaluate their sense of family, what these women think about traditional family. This study offer moments for thought on this kind of mixed methods and their pros and cons.