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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This, however, turns out be an error; as in the sociology of time more generally,
the emphasis in historical analysis has so far been on everyday time (e.g., on the
chronologiza- tion of everyday time starting in the late medieval period [Le Goff, ...
The Autobiographical Depth of Cognitive Figures of the Extempore Narrator and
Their Effectiveness for Orientation in Everyday Dealings The cognitive figures of
everyday extempore narration, the narration of the individual's own experiences ...
Nevertheless, an additional span of attention of the recounting, namely that of the
recapitulation of the action and suffering in everyday life can be observed, apart
from the overall biographical span of attention, which remains a structuring ...
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