Pamiętniki bezrobotnych w zbiorach Instytutu Gospodarstwa Społecznego: historia, charakterystyka i potencjał badawczy
Memoirs of the Unemployed in the Collections of the Institute of Social Economy: History, Description, and Research Potential
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The main purpose of this article is to discuss the achievements of biographical research at the Institute of Social Economy of the Warsaw School of Economics, with particular emphasis on the memoirs of the unemployed. The article has three parts: (1) a short introduction to memoir-related research in Poland, (2) a description of the memoir competitions organized by the Institute of Social Economy, and (3) a more detailed discussion of competitions involving the memoirs of the unemployed in the 1930s, at the turn of the century, and in 2017. One of the main conclusions the authors draw is that biographical materials, despite their great potential, are relatively rarely used by social researchers.
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