3rd Degree Scientific Researcher, PhD. “C.S. Nicolăescu-Plopşor” Institute for Research in SocialStudies and Humanities from Craiova, of the Romanian Academy;
Life histories or social biographies, sometimes called “small histories”, fascinate not only from an aesthetic or slightly nostalgic perspective, as sometimes happens with memorialistic writings, but by the richness of the approaches it makes possible in the social sciences. As it isthe “lived history”, the descent to the talking individual who becomes the main actant in a broader socio-cultural and historical context, the characteristics of the account of the living phenomenon should be highlighted when recording and registering some of its marks. Archiving inevitably involves the “freezing” of the lived fact, which is why the researcher is asked to pay particular attention in the “living” preservation of life’s stories, taking into account the dynamics of the “open” document. The study presents several social biographies of respondents wholived the early period of the communist regime, political changes, nationalization, collectivization, deportations, serious issues of quotas, a dynamic of state politics, but also of mentalities.
social biography, communism, collective memory, ethnological document, property.