On how we write life and life is inscribed in us: a study of socialization through the analysis of autobiographies

A biographical perspective on socialization processes is developed in this paper, discussing classic and recent theories in the Social Sciences, in the light of an analysis of 53 Portuguese workers' autobiographies, carried out under an innovative adult education program. After a theoretical and methodological discussion, in dialogue with recent advances in neuroscience, a concept of socialization is sketched, which is organized in three distinct - although articulated - levels: emotional, practical and reflective.

Socialization; Biographical method; Emotions; Practices; Reflectivity

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