Biographical research methods, Volume 1
The life history or biographical research method was popular in the early decades of the twentieth century and, after a period of eclipse caused by the rise of quantitative methods, is enjoying a resurgence of interest. This burgeoning of interest is enough that we can now speak of a biographical `turn' as the social sciences
These four volumes present the first established collection of the biographical method literature and brings together the many diverse strands. The set will serve to set the canon for this re-established research area.
The collection is organized around eight themes: the classical statements dominated by the pre-war American `'Chicago School' of sociology; the neo-classical statements of the first wave of renewed interest in the 1970s; interviewing, including reflexivity, recall and narrative structures; analysis and the principles of selection in generating stories for narrative biographical interviews; biographical concepts such as life courses and generations; transitions and social trauma; biography and social policy; and controversies in biographical research.
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The meaning of narrative as prosaic text has been extended to refer to any data
that are in the form of natural discourse or speech (e.g. interview protocols). For
example, Miles and Huberman (1984) write, "We dictated interview and ...
In the Western tradition, with its Classical Greek heritage, the creation and
communication of true knowledge has been held to be the province of a logical
and formal style of discourse (Olson, 1990). Rationality has been identified with a
type of ...
The first is a note about the materiality of discourse. Those of us who engage in
discourse analysis are so often asked: Is discourse material? Is it alive? Can we
touch it? Can it touch us? These are questions that plague us - they keep those of
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A Historical Review of
Social Organization and Subjective Construction of
Narrative Configuration in Qualitative Analysis
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