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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It is in this spirit that I attempt another sociological reconstruction of the
relationship between individual and society in the context of modernity. Modernity
Let me begin by briefly characterizing modernity as social process which is
different than ...
Thus, institutional demands require that an individual displays his or her work
activities as a 'career' (Luhmann, 1989; Fischer-Rosenthal, 1995a) — a pre-
determined biographical pattern which the individual can and, indeed, must draw
Individual action is seen "as the product of independently observable
environmental inputs." In the "aleatoric" account, the individual is viewed as an
active agent, capable of autonomous self-direction and change. The "aleatoric"
concept of the ...
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