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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(3) In developing the story's setting, the researcher needs to be mindful not only
of the general cultural environment and the person as embodied, but also of the
importance of significant other people in affecting the actions and goals of the ...
Embodied Construction and Vulnerability Over the past generation there has
been a sea change concerning the use of the first person in texts. Although
representation still exists within a quite narrow context, at least qualitative
I've used the first person. I've done it!" Perhaps the voice is first person, but it
remains cool and disengaged. Again, I understand why as researchers and
authors we have used such a voice, and I am in agreement that at times we are
correct in ...
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