Recycling the evidence: Different approaches to the reanalysis of elite life histories

Bornat, Joanna and Wilson, Gail (2008). Recycling the evidence: Different approaches to the reanalysis of elite life histories. In: Edwards, Rosalind ed. Researching families and communities: Social and generational change. London, UK: Routledge, pp. 95–113.

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Abstract

The chapter considers the re-analysis of a specific data set, the life histories of a select group of pioneers of geriatric medicine collected by Professor Margot Jefferys' in 1991. It considers what these interviews demonstrate about changing attitudes to family and community amongst one particular group of professionals. The chapter concludes that to some extent the interviewees' professional identity and ability to develop geriatrics as a specialty in its own right depended on their recognition of family and community. However, in relation to policy, community and family are terms which have much changed in their meanings over the last twenty years and the interviews require reading with these changing contexts in mind.

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