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Life Issues Among Young Adults: An Empirical and Methodological Example
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Education.
2018 (English)In: Challenging Life: Existential Questions as a Resource for Education / [ed] Jari Ristiniemi, Geir Skeie, Karin Sporre, Münster: Waxmann Verlag, 2018, p. 211-226Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The paper presents an empirical and methodological example of how to interpret and understand central existential issues among young adults. The method is exemplified by a research study were young adults were interviewed with the primary aim to interpret how they describe and understand their lives. The main focus of the study was on their existential themes. It was also an aim to develop useful concepts that can help to understand individual meaning-making in a given social and cultural context. The research material consists of deep interviews with 21 young adults between 19 and 29 years of age.The paper argues that existential issues are often less reflected on a personal level and only indirectly appear in peoples life stories. Existential issues exemplify content in peoples meaning-making but at the same time they can be understood as drivers of the interpretation process.

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Münster: Waxmann Verlag, 2018. p. 211-226
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Waxmann, ISSN 1862-9547 ; 37
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life issues, existential questions, young adults, method
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-163876ISBN: 978-3-8309-3886-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-163876DiVA, id: diva2:1277108
Available from: 2019-01-09 Created: 2019-01-09 Last updated: 2019-01-10Bibliographically approved

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