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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In contrast to the happiness in her mother's home before the war, her father's
home was reflected on with contempt. This attitude seemed to be linked to the
fact that, being Gentile, her father had saved Olga (and only her) at the time her
It is interesting to note that it was Benny who made his home near his mother,
whereas his two sisters chose to live farther away. Was he chosen to be his
mother's memorial candle (Vardi, 1990), representing Olga's two fathers who
failed, her ...
I had no problem with this." It was surprising, therefore, to hear Dina's response to
a question about whether she recalled any objects in her parents' home. She
recalled a red kerchief her mother had kept - the only reminder of the time her ...
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