Morphogenetic personalism aims to understand the four-dimensionality to human existence (conceptualised as each individual’s psychobiography) through ‘slicing’ into the temporal parts of psychobiography, identifying and unpacking processes of elaboration and reproduction in the organisation of that personhood and, through doing so, ‘tracing out’ the specific connections with wider changes in social life which, in whatever way, effect changes in conditions of everyday life. It places great methodological and theoretical significance on the individual’s capacity for internal conversation: within and through which individuals apprehend, under their own terms, circumstances they encounter and how, in their own terms, they answer path-dependent questions of what to do and who to be. In doing so, it aims to contribute, with the degree of that contribution being a contingent matter, towards both our understanding of socio-cultural change at the macro-social life and the variation which social circumstances introduce into the non-variant human challenge of becoming a person and living a life, without privileging either space of questions at either an explanatory or a theoretical level. It is an explanatory framework best suited to longitudinal qualitative research (LQR), as was perhaps inevitable given that it was developed through engagement LQR case study. However as a framework it is suitable for any qualitative research which aims to address the biographical dimensions of social and/or cultural change in a non reductionist fashion.
Categories: Personal Morphogenesis