Biographical Research

This is a book based upon a formidably wide-ranging bibliography together with his own, by no means insignificant, contributions to the fieldâe¦[the]âe¦reader will be left in no doubt as to the central importance of biographical ...

Author: Brian Roberts

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105025750394

Category: Social Science

Page: 212

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"Roberts is certainly successful in conveying a sense of the rich diversity of biographical research. This is a book based upon a formidably wide-ranging bibliography together with his own, by no means insignificant, contributions to the fieldâe¦[the]âe¦reader will be left in no doubt as to the central importance of biographical research and of its legitimate position within the social sciences" - David Morgan, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Manchester University (former President, British Sociological Association), Auto/Biography, a BSA Study Group journal, 2002. "Brian Robertsâe(tm) book is a highly accessible introduction to biographical methodâe¦The author deftly and confidently addresses the available work in a variety of disciplines ranging from education through oral history, feminism to memoryâe¦ I warmly recommend this book to any historian interested in biography and what its study can tell them about what they doâe(tm). - Alun Munslow, Professor of History, Staffordshire University (Editor, Rethinking History), Rethinking History, 7:3, pp. 451-5, October, 2003 * What is biographical research? * Why has it attracted so much interest? * How can biographical research be carried out? Biographical Research reflects a rapid expansion of interest in the study of lives taking place within the social sciences. Life story, oral history, narrative, autobiography, biography and other approaches are being used more and more to explore how individuals interpret experiences and social relationships. This book examines the methodological and theoretical developments associated with research on lives in sociology, oral history, ethnography, biography, and narrative analysis. The author includes numerous examples of biographical research from his own work and other studies, and addresses important areas such as the collection and interpretation of materials, uses of biographical research, oral and written accounts, the interview relationship, the construction of the story, memory, audience, and the researcher's own biography. In conclusion it draws out common themes and emerging concerns. Biographical Research is a comprehensive guide to major issues in the study of lives for students and researchers in the social sciences and related fields.

Social Causation and Biographical Research

This book extends debates in the field of biographical research, arguing that causal explanations are not at odds with biographical research and that ...

Author: Giorgos Tsiolis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000260731

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.

SAGE Biographical Research

Ethnographic interviews and writing research: A critical examination of the methodology. In P. Smagorinsky (Ed.), Speaking about writing: Reflections on ...

Author: John Goodwin

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781446275924

Category: Social Science

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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.

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 ...

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.

Biographical Research in Eastern Europe

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.

Author: Robert Miller

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ISBN: 1138722170

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Page: 341

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Cover -- Half Title -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Notes on Contributors -- 1 Introduction: Biographical Research and Historical Watersheds -- PART 1 The Potential of Biographical Research -- 2 Context, Authenticity, Referentiality, Reflexivity: Back to Basics in Autobiography -- 3 The Usefulness of Life Stories for a Realist and Meaningful Sociology -- 4 Three Dimensions of Biographical Narratives -- PART 2 Communists, Informers and Dissidents -- 5 Estonian-inclined Communists as Marginals -- 6 Portrayals of Past and Present Selves in the Life Stories of Former Stasi Informers -- 7 Czech Dissidents: A Classically Modern Community -- 8 Anti-Soviet Biographies: The Dissident Milieu and its Neighbouring Milieux -- 9 The Café Saigon Tusovka: One Segment of the Informal-public Sphere of Late-Soviet Society -- PART 3 Exile, Migration and Adapting to Social Change -- 10 Living the Life: Exile in the Experience of the Polish Intelligentsia -- 11 Biographical Continuities and Discontinuities in East-West Migration before and after 1989. Two Case Studies of Migration from Romania to West Germany -- 12 Trajectories of Coping Strategies in Eastern Germany -- 13 Inequality and Exclusion in the History of Poor Slovak Families -- PART 4 Ethnicity and Sexuality -- 14 Different Generations of Leningrad Jews in the Context of Public/Private Division: Paradoxes of Ethnicity -- 15 Shame, Promiscuity and Social Mobility in Russian Autobiographies from Poor Working-class Milieux -- 16 The Construction of Sexual Pleasure in Women's Biographies -- Index

Biographical Research Methods

The collection is organized around eight themes: the classical statements dominated by the pre-war American `'Chicago School' of sociology; the neo-classical statements of the first wave of renewed interest in the 1970s; interviewing, ...

Author: Robert Lee Miller

Publisher: SAGE Publications Limited

ISBN: UCSC:32106018094240

Category: Social Science

Page: 1648

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The life history or biographical research method was popular in the early decades of the twentieth century and, after a period of eclipse caused by the rise of quantitative methods, is enjoying a resurgence of interest. This burgeoning of interest is enough that we can now speak of a biographical `turn' as the social sciences These four volumes present the first established collection of the biographical method literature and brings together the many diverse strands. The set will serve to set the canon for this re-established research area. The collection is organized around eight themes: the classical statements dominated by the pre-war American `'Chicago School' of sociology; the neo-classical statements of the first wave of renewed interest in the 1970s; interviewing, including reflexivity, recall and narrative structures; analysis and the principles of selection in generating stories for narrative biographical interviews; biographical concepts such as life courses and generations; transitions and social trauma; biography and social policy; and controversies in biographical research.

Advances in Biographical Methods

Biographical research histories There are quite a number of well-known histories and reviews of types of biographical research – with some differences in ...

Author: Maggie O’Neill

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317915508

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

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Rooted in a long and diverse genealogy, biographical approaches have developed from a focus upon a single story, a ‘life story’ and personal documents (e.g. diaries), to encompass (more routinely) autobiographical secondary and archival research and analysis - as well as multi-media, arts based creative multi-sensory methods. Biographical Research and practices as part of human understanding helps people to make sense of what has been and what is happening in their lives, cultures, communities and societies. Advances in Biographical Methods: Creative Applications takes up these themes: theorising, doing and applying current advances in biographical methods. It demonstrates the momentum with which they areas are developing as a field of scholarship, especially in relation to creative innovations and applications, such as in new forms of interview and other practices, and debates on its interlinking with art, performance and digital methods.

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

Auto/biographical research and writing, in enabling researchers to link the personal and the structural, individual lifehistories and collective social ...

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.

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 ...

Author: Prue Chamberlayne

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415228387

Category: Social Science

Page: 346

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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.

Chatterton a Biographical Study

In interpreting the biographical significance of the “ Will ” as well as of the ... These results of careful study and research are now submitted to the ...

Author: Sir Daniel Wilson

Publisher: London : Macmillan

ISBN: OXFORD:300080649

Category: Poets, English

Page: 328

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Autobiography Biography Narration

The articles that make up this volume are related to the multidimensional aspects of the narrative- biographical research.

Author: Marcin Kafar

Publisher: Jagiellonian University Press

ISBN: 8323336970

Category: Social Science

Page: 145

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The articles that make up this volume are related to the multidimensional aspects of the narrative- biographical research. Individual authors, positioning themselves between their source areas of knowledge (pedagogy, psychology, anthropology, sociology and literary studies) and a transdisciplinary auto/biographical research plane, pick up as their starting point the processual perspective of the socio-cultural world, whose central element is the active subject as the creator of his/her own biography. Such assumptions (expressed explicitly and implicitly) have provided the basis for reports on the Authors' own research projects and a framework for ordering the purely theoretical aspects of narrative-biographical studies.

Biographical Studies

... and , though uncommonly patient of research , had always trusted more to ... anecdotes of his own experience of life , lay 3 BIOGRAPHICAL STUDIES . 57.

Author: George Washington Greene

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ISBN: UCAL:$B469255

Category: Artists

Page: 233

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Biographical Studies

quarter past twelve , and goes on till he has exhausted argument , illustration , ingenuity , and research . To hardly any man have both the impulses of the ...

Author: Walter Bagehot

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ISBN: UOM:39015058484513

Category: Great Britain

Page: 417

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The Turn to Biographical Methods in Social Science

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 ...

Author: Prue Chamberlayne

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134585373

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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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. Biographical Methods in the Social Sciences promotes debate and provides opportunities for students and researchers to widen their uses of narrative research.

Advances in Biographical Methods

Biographical research has developed from the collection and interpretation of the life story interview and range of '

Author: Maggie O'Neill

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0367868601

Category:

Page: 196

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Rooted in a long and diverse genealogy, biographical approaches have developed from a focus upon a single story, a 'life story' and personal documents (e.g. diaries), to encompass (more routinely) autobiographical secondary and archival research and analysis - as well as multi-media, arts based creative multi-sensory methods. Biographical Research and practices as part of human understanding helps people to make sense of what has been and what is happening in their lives, cultures, communities and societies. Advances in Biographical Methods: Creative Applications takes up these themes: theorising, doing and applying current advances in biographical methods. It demonstrates the momentum with which they areas are developing as a field of scholarship, especially in relation to creative innovations and applications, such as in new forms of interview and other practices, and debates on its interlinking with art, performance and digital methods.

Biographical studies ed by R H Hutton

He had a great faculty of research , but his matter is everywhere of the same sort . It is the same imperturbable homely sense upon finance in his Budgets ...

Author: Walter Bagehot

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ISBN: OXFORD:600014391

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Writing Educational Biography

First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Author: Craig Kridel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135613907

Category: Education

Page: 316

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First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.