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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One thing will be apparent: Most of the population changes in life-course
chronology occur rather late, so that at least for them, the temporal and thus the
causal sequence is clear. This would suggest that, whatever the prerequisites of
Second, we defined sequences (according to topic) and identified the linguistic
structure of each sequence (was it a narrative, a report, a description, or an
argument?). Third, we started with the narrative analysis, one sequence after the
Potential themes for each possible listener, which he or she can exploit as an aid
to understanding the sequences expressed, are set with the announcement and
experience protecting markers with regard to social processes. Elements of the ...
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