Like all writing, biographies are interpretive. They require no less than organizing into text the chaos of human existence. In "Interpretive Biography" Denzin combines one of the oldest techniques in the social sciences and humanities with one of the newest. Bringing in elements of postmodernism and interpretive social science, he re-examines the biographical and autobiographical genres. In addition, the book outlines a new way in which biographies should be conceptualized and shaped.