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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26 Undaunted Courage: Life History and the Postmodern Challenge Who built
Thebes of the seven gates? In the books you will find names of kings. Did the
kings haul up the lumps of rock?... Philip of Spain wept when his armada Went
some life histories and autoethnographies, but the recent past has brought forth a
significant number of texts that utilize recent advances in postmodernism in a
manner akin to the narrative structure of testimony (Behar, 1993; Brown, 1991).
The postmodern life historian helps create texts that are voyages of creation —
for the historian, the person who speaks, and the person who ultimately reads the
final product. Texts have been used to colonize people by framing individuals ...
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