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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life." All 23 women interviewed could be found represented in the above-
mentioned ways of life. The basis of this typifica- tion was the way the
interviewees started and ended their life stories, what turning points their stories
included, how they ...
ability to narrate who they have become enables them to present themselves for
the time being as integrated persons, despite the presence of various other
possible and often contradictory renditions of the story. Life-stories are
changes and the relatively stable situations (the 'epochs') in the life
chronologically ordered between them. ... This also applies to social sequences
lying outside the life-story of the holder of the biographer, the occurrence of which
is, however, ...
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