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The turn to biographical methods in social science: Comparative issues and examples

Chamberlayne, Prue; Bornat, Joanna and Wengraf, Tom eds. (2000). The turn to biographical methods in social science: Comparative issues and examples. London, UK: Routledge.

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Biographical research methods have become a useful and popular tool for contemporary social scientists. This book combines an exploration of the historical and philosophical origins of this important field of qualitative research with comparative examples of the different ways that biographical methods have been successfully applied internationally. Through these many illustrative examples of socio-biography in process the authors show how formal textual analysis, whilst uncovering hidden emotional defences, can also shed light on wider historical processes of societal transformation.
Topics discussed include:
*individual and linked lives
*generational change
*political influences on memory and identity
*biographical work in reflexive societies
*narrativity and empowerment in professional practice
*ways of theorising and generalising from case-studies.

Item Type: Edited Book
Copyright Holders: 2000 Routledge
ISBN: 0-415-22838-7, 978-0-415-22838-1
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care
Item ID: 20552
Depositing User: Katy Gagg
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010 12:18
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2016 12:35
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