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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An important example of such analyses is Schütze's (1981) work on biographical
trajectories. Although he acknowledges the perspectiveness of any cognition,
and thus its dependence on the momentary conditions, he feels confident to
For example, a chance meeting of two people in a grocery store may, in
retrospect, turn out to have great significance in that it was the beginning of a
romance that led to a lifelong partnership. Plots accomplish these synthesizing
functions as a ...
For example, Dilthey and the neo-Kantians at the end of the 19th century argued
that knowledge of humans required an understanding (verstehen) or reasoning
to interpret human expressions and cultural artifacts. The historian Dray, writing ...
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