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Biographical methods

Bornat, Joanna (2008). Biographical methods. In: Alasuutari, Pertti; Bickman, Leonard and Brannen, Julia eds. The Sage Handbook of Social Research Methods. London, UK: Sage, pp. 344–356.

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The chapter reviews three different approaches to biographical methods, the biographical interpretive method, oral history and narrative analysis. Each is outlined in turn, looking at distinguishing characteristics. Each makes use of the interview to generate data and while each has unique strengths, the chapter concludes with a commitment to an oral history approach with its focus on the dynamics of the interview.

Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 1-4129-1992-4, 978-1-4129-1992-0
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care
Item ID: 12333
Depositing User: Joanna Bornat
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2008 13:51
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2016 21:00
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