Using biographical methods in social research

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SAGE, 2009 - Social Science - 211 pages
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Using Biographical Methods in Social Research provides an informative, comprehensive, accessible and practical guide to the nature and use of biographical methods, combining a consideration of theoretical issues with practical guidance. Barbara Merrill and Linden West consider important questions about what research is for, what makes it valid, to the practical business of interviewing, analyzing and writing up of biographical data. The authors draw on their sociological and psychological orientations to provide a truly interdisciplinary approach to the subject, and provide numerous examples of biographical research across the social sciences.

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An Introductory History
Mapping the Contemporary Uses of Biographical Research
Identifying Some Theoretical Issues

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Linden West is Reader in Education in the Department of Educational Research at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK and Co-Director of the Centre for International Studies of Diversity and Participation. He co-ordinates the Biographical and Life History Research Network of ESREA and is a member of the Society's Steering Committee. He is presently working on families and their learning, using auto/biographical perspectives. He is also a qualified psychoanalytic psychotherapist.

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