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Researching social change: Qualitative approaches

McLeod, Julie and Thomson, Rachel (2009). Researching social change: Qualitative approaches. London: Sage.

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Abstract

Questions about change in social and personal life are a feature of many accounts of the contemporary world. While theories of social change abound, discussions about how to research it are much less common. This book provides a timely guide to qualitative methodologies that investigate processes of personal, generational and historical change.


The authors showcase a range of methods that explore temporality and the dynamic relations between past, present and future. Through case studies, they review six methodological traditions: memory-work, oral/life history, qualitative longitudinal research, ethnography, intergenerational and follow-up studies. It illustrates how these research approaches are translated into research projects and considers the practical as well as the theoretical and ethical challenges they pose. Research methods are also the product of times and places, and this book keeps to the fore the cultural and historical context in which these methods developed, the theoretical traditions on which they draw, and the empirical questions they address.

Item Type: Authored Book
Copyright Holders: 2009 SAGE Publications Ltd
ISBN: 1-4129-2887-7, 978-1-4129-2887-8
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: 19617
Depositing User: Katy Gagg
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2010 14:15
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 14:38
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/19617
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