historical context? How do they identify themselves in relation to citizenship, age, gender, ethnicity, and education level? Think about the time and place in which the individual exists, his or her socioeconomic context. What living conditions might affect the individuals worldview?
Next consider the individuals particular role in his or her community. Does the individual speak from a position of power or authority? Why or why not? What is the accepted view of this individuals place in society? Does the account suggest dissatisfaction with a perceived role? Or conflict in a personal situation? Or a celebration of the status quo? Why is this person offering an account of his or her life?