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The qualitative longitudinal case history: practical, methodological and ethical reflections

Thomson, Rachel (2007). The qualitative longitudinal case history: practical, methodological and ethical reflections. Social Policy and Society, 6(4) pp. 571–582.

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Abstract

This paper describes the development of ‘case histories’ from a qualitative longitudinal data set that followed 100 young people's transitions to adulthood over a ten year period. The paper describes two stages in the analytic process: first, the forging of a case history from a longitudinal archive and second, bringing case histories into conversation with each other. The paper emphasises two aspects of a qualitative longitudinal data set: the longitudinal dimension that privileges the individual case, and the cross sectional dimension that privileges the social and the spatial context. It is argued that both aspects should always be kept in play in analysis. The paper concludes by reflecting on the ethical and practical challenges associated with the case history approach, heightened by the growing demand to archive and share qualitative longitudinal data sets.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1474-7464
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 11702
Depositing User: Sandra Riekie
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2008 05:57
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2010 10:48
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/11702
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