Biographical Research

For some researchers, the social unfolding of individual lives should be done, as Bertaux (1997) advocates, through the saturation of cases, which means that when the interviews and biographical material start providing repetition and ...

Author: Ana Caetano

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000564792

Category: Social Science

Page: 230

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Studying people’s lives requires acknowledging the multiple entanglements between individual singularity and processes of social patterning. This book testifies how challenging and creative the study of these connections can be. It gathers international contributions that show, in imaginative ways, how a person’s life or specific domains of existence can be observed, tackled, and analysed across time. This volume reveals the potential of biographical research in the production of social theory, in the development of methodological innovation, in giving voice and protagonism to people, and in the understanding of the social unfolding of their lives. It is a testimony of a vibrant and youthful field, with a long tradition in social sciences, and with numerous connections with other study areas, namely the life course approach. The different chapters illustrate how the challenges posed by this type of research focused on the individual level of analysis are particular and what creative responses are required to continue analysing the link between biography and society. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal Contemporary Social Science.

Biographical Research Methods

Our approach is that qualitative researchers need to constantly develop their analytical skill set and adjust to the ... In more detail, each part of the book explores the aspects of biographical research methods and research project ...

Author: Marta J. Eichsteller

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781529784718

Category: Reference

Page: 240

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This book is a systematic, flexible guide to using biographical narrative methods as part of a research project, featuring a diverse range of case studies that show students how methods can be adapted to a range of international contexts and disciplines.

SAGE Biographical Research

Likewise some may locate the biographical turn as being fairly recent but if one includes approaches such as oral history as ... What the book does not do is offer a 'prescribed' approach to biographical research, privileging one set of ...

Author: John Goodwin

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781446275924

Category: Social Science

Page: 1520

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Biographical research may take a range of forms and may vary in its application and approach but has the unified and coherent aim to give 'voice' to individuals. The central concern of this collection is to assemble articles (from sociology, social psychology, education, health, criminology, social gerontology, epidemiology, management and organizational research) that illustrate the full range of debates, methods and techniques that can be combined under the heading 'biographical research'. Volume One: Biographical Research: Starting Points, Debates and Approaches explores the different biographical methods currently used while locating these within the history of social science methods. Volume Two: Biographical Interviews, Oral Histories and Life Narratives focuses on the more established, interview-based, biographical research methods and considers the analytical strategies used for interview-based biographical research Volume Three: Forms of Life Writing: Letters, Diaries and Auto/Biography considers the value of 'data' contained within letters, diaries and auto/biography and illustrates how this data has been analyzed to reveal biographies and their social context. Volume Four: Other Documents of Life: Photographs, Cyber Documents and Ephemera focuses on the 'other' human documents and objects, like photographs, cyber-documents (emails, blogs, social networking sites, webpages) and other ephemera (such as official documents) that are used extensively in biographical research.

Biographical Research in Eastern Europe

Studies. of. Transition. The readings that make up this volume all relate in one way or another either to the role of evidence in biographical research or to the maintenance of continuity of identity and the mediation of the habitus ...

Author: Robert Miller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351758994

Category: Social Science

Page: 340

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This title was first published in 2003. The transition from socialism experienced by the countries of Eastern and Central Europe during the last decade has been recognised as a profound historical watershed. It is only now, however, that the meanings and dimensions of 'post-socialism' are becoming apparent. The use of the 'biographical perspective' in research provides a unique avenue for studying these changes. Biographical Research in Eastern Europe is the only edited volume that brings the work of many of the most advanced and active biographical researchers working on Eastern Europe together in one volume. The book is organized into four parts. 'The Potential of Biographical Research,' explores the methodological issues. Arguments for the appropriateness of the biographical approach as a humanistic perspective are put forward and emphasis is laid on its fruitfulness for research into everyday lives and for the study of identity construction with particular reference to transition. 'Communists, Informers and Dissidents,' deals with the structural features of Soviet regimes, with a particular focus on the problematic divisions between public and private spheres of life. 'The Impact of Social Change,' demonstrates the value of the biographical approach as an instrument for the study of social and cultural change. 'Exile, Migration and Ethnicity,' centres on the problem of constructing and maintaining ethnic identities under repression; a context that can be seen as disturbing life-trajectories and framing the life story. Covering a wide range of 'post-socialist' countries, the chapters are unified by a common research perspective and an informative introduction that identifies common themes across the selections.

Social Causation and Biographical Research

biographical self-thematization, may reconstruct through mental experimentation how biographers perceive of various events in the “then” (the past present), that is, within the “then” biographical layer of knowledge. Researchers may ...

Author: Giorgos Tsiolis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000260670

Category: Social Science

Page: 120

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This book extends debates in the field of biographical research, arguing that causal explanations are not at odds with biographical research and that biographical research is in fact a valuable tool for explaining why things in social and personal lives are one way and not another. Bringing reconstructive biographical research into dialogue with critical realism, it explains how and why relational social ontology can become a unique theoretical ground for tapping emergent mechanisms and latent meaning structures. Through an account of the reasons for which reductionist epistemologies, rational action models and covering law explanations are not appropriate for biographical research, the authors develop the philosophical idea of singular causation as a means by which biographical researchers are able to forge causal hypotheses for the occurrence of events and offer guidance on the application of this methodological principle to concrete, empirical examples. As such, this volume will appeal to scholars across the social sciences with interests in biographical research and social research methods.

Around of seniors memories The biographical research on the educational paths of European seniors

When following the current work of humanities scholars, one can notice what can be termed a „biographical turn” (Bron, 2009). The biographical research constitutes a link between history, where identity is entirely connected with ...

Author: Aleksandra Marcinkiewicz

Publisher: Aleksander Kobylarek

ISBN: 9788362618149

Category: Gerontology

Page: 119

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Using Biographical Methods in Social Research

We remind you of differences of purpose and approach within the biographical research community. • We reflect on the journey of becoming a researcher and consider what it means to be a good researcher. In this final chapter, ...

Author: Barbara Merrill

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781446246610

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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Using Biographical Methods in Social Research provides an informative, comprehensive, accessible and practical guide to the nature and use of biographical methods, combining a consideration of theoretical issues with practical guidance as well as reflections on the personal experience of doing research. Barbara Merrill and Linden West consider important questions about who and what research is for and what makes it valid, alongside the practical business of interviewing, transcribing, analyzing and writing up of biographical data. The authors draw on their sociological and psychological orientations to provide a truly interdisciplinary approach to the subject, and provide numerous examples of biographical research across the social sciences. This book will equip students with all the skills necessary to undertake biographical research as well as to fully understand what they are doing and the assumptions they make about the nature of truth, knowledge, story telling and being human. It will be useful for students and researchers using biographical methods in a range of disciplines, including sociology, social policy, social psychology, health care and education.

Using Biographical and Life History Approaches in the Study of Adult and Lifelong Learning

216), and asserts that “the sociological imagination enables us to grasp history and biography and the relations between the two within society” (1970, p. l2). Auto/biographical research and writing, in enabling researchers to link the ...

Author: Linden West

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: PSU:000067221028

Category: Education

Page: 310

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"Second in a series of edited volumes resulting from conferences and seminars organized by the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults"--Preface.

British Sport Biographical studies of British sportsmen sportswomen and animals

The traveller may end up having been better starting from scratch and doing the exploratory research themselves . ... Notes on Sources for Biographical Studies Biographical studies Postscript: A Short Comment on Bibliographical Scholarship.

Author: Richard William Cox

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0714652520

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 186

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Volume three of a bibliography documenting all that has been written in the English language on the history of sport and physical education in Britain. It lists all secondary source material including reference works, in a classified order to meet the needs of the sports historian.

The Turn to Biographical Methods in Social Science

It is not surprising , therefore , that much qualitative - interpretive research , and especially biographical analysis , does not presuppose social normality but rather asks about experiences during times of social transformation and ...

Author: Prue Chamberlayne

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415228387

Category: Social Science

Page: 372

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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 origins of this field with comparative examples of the ways biographical methods have been applied.