Biographical Research Methods

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Robert Lee Miller
SAGE Publications, Oct 3, 2005 - Social Science - 1648 pages
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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Contents

Appendix of Sources
xiii
The Cohort as a Concept in the Study of Social Change
xiv
24
xv
A German School?
xvi
A Case Study of Sam Changs
xvii
Uses of History C Wright Mills
5
Peasants and Workers John Madge
25
LifeRecord of an Immigrant Wladek Wiszniewski
57
The Problem of Generations Karl Mannheim
149
Generation as a Sociological Problem David I Kertzer
215
25
241
Norman B Ryder
245
The Time of Generations Michael Corsten
277
197
301
Overview and Highlights of a Sociological Perspective
305
The Historical Context Robert Miller
331

Biographical Research and Historical Watersheds
113
Trajectories of Coping Strategies in Eastern Germany
133
On the Problems
353
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