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Biographical research

Author: Brian Roberts
Publisher: Berkshire; New York : Open University Press, 2002.
Series: Understanding social research.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines the methodological and theoretical developments associated with research on lives in sociology oral history, ethnography, biography, and narrative analysis.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Roberts
ISBN: 033520287X 9780335202874 0335202861 9780335202867
OCLC Number: 45873739
Description: x, 212 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction: biographical research --
2. Uses of biographical research --
Disciplines and contexts --
Education --
Oral history --
Health and ageing --
Feminist research --
Narratives of the body and sexuality --
Autobiography and biography --
3. The life history --
Individual lives and social structures --
Life history data and method --
Deviance, career, becoming --
Case studies --
Types of interpretation --
4. Autobiography and biography --
Genre --
Letters, diaries, memoirs and other personal artefacts --
Fiction and non-fiction --
5. Auto/biography and sociology --
Individual experiences and auto/biographical writing --
Feminism and auto/biography --
Intertextuality --
written and oral texts --
Hermeneutics, phenomenology and narrative texts --
Time perspectives --
Mead, Schutz and Ricoeur --
The researcher as an auto/biographer --
The researcher and the researched subject --
Individual lives and social lives --
6. Oral history --
Origins --
Development and purpose --
Ethics --
Evidence, truth and the researcher --
Political standpoint --
7. The narrative analysis of lives --
Time and narrative --
Myth and narrative --
Other models of life study --
8. Memory and autobiography --
Types of memory --
The social transmission of memories --
Family and group memories --
Public and private memories --
Methodological issues: recollection and selectivity --
9. Ethnography and biographical research --
Research roles --
Methodological issues --
Ethnography and key informants --
Reflexivity and the researcher's life experience of ethnography --
Ethnographic texts --
Oral traditions and biography --
10. Conclusion --
Disciplines --
The biographical turn --
Identity --
Time --
Memory --
Researcher's self --
Methodology --
New technology.
Series Title: Understanding social research.
Responsibility: Brian Roberts.

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Biographical research is used as a general term to describe the rapidly growing interest in how to study individual lives in a range of disciplines and fields - by using autobiographies, biographies,  Read more...

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