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Article

Biography as a ‘Tree of choices’: discovering the life trajectories of young entrepreneurs in Russia

The Qualitative Report. 2017. Vol. 22. No. 5. P. 1259-1268.
Polukhina E., Poylova A.

The article reveals Russians entrepreneurs’ life trajectories in the context of 4 modern institutions of socialization determined individual’s career paths - families, education, social environment and professional experience. Our empirical data include 20 narrative interviews with entrepreneurs and analyzed based on grounded theory (open and axial coding). We innovatively analyzed individual’s life trajectories as “trees of choices”, where the main branches are institutions of socialization, and the subsequent branches – individual’s life choices. Finally, we discovered the meanings of each institutions and find out the determined role of gender and the city of socialization. The empirical output is the model of life trajectories which we plan to test in for the future survey in the strategy of mixed methods research.