Biographical Research Methods
Robert Lee Miller
SAGE Publications, Oct 3, 2005 - Social Science - 1648 pages
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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biography , as in the case of the patterns of action ; however , their unfolding is
surprising , in contrast to the patterns of action , and the holder of the biography
experiences them as a systematic change in his or her possibilities of experience
Those parts of the building up of experience that do not fit into the line of
recollection picked out as a focussed central ... or experienced as dominant as a
different line or lines of recollection belonging to it ; lines of recollection that relate
experience ' . At the same time , the structure of this interpretation is decisively
controlled by the sequence of the processing structures of the conduct of life that
have been lived through up to now , in its perspective and evaluation ; thus , the ...
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