Case Study a detailed study of something, someone … but it’s only one case. The
advantage that you learn a lot about the individual case you are looking at.
Limitations is that it’s just one case and can’t prove anything
An analytical case study/ by comparing it to the general theories and
explanation that we are dealing with in the course (or exception to the
theories and average path/ how was the life changed and shaped by sevral
factors (see slides)
Choosing a respondent
Ethical research: voluntary participation/ informed consent – tell exactly
what the project is all about
Take notes even if you record / make a life history chart
Dates Participants ages Important thing Important and
happening in relevant
their life historical events
Questions to start with:
In what year were you born?
Where were you born?
What education did father and mother have
What work did they do, if any?
How many brothers and sisters did you have and when were they born?
When and where you start going to school?
** Try to get information on the family, education and work, and any other
details in the person’s life that seems important
Was your family living on a farm, a village or in town?
Which child were you?
If you would think back to those early days as you were growing up, what
are some of your earliest memories of the town?
What did you father do? What are you earliest memories of him?
What are some of your other recollections of your father when you were a
Now, could you tell me about your mother? What did you remember
Get people to tell you a story
Follow ethical rules/ attach consent form Mannheim
Idea that people from different generation