The Turn to Biographical Methods in Social Science

Comparative Issues and Examples

Author: Prue Chamberlayne,Joanna Bornat,Tom Wengraf

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415228381

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 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.
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Biographical methods and professional practice

An international perspective

Author: Chamberlayne, Prue,Bornat, Joanna

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1847425879

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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This book uses a range of interpretive approaches to reveal the dynamics of service users' and professionals' individual experiences and life-worlds. From their research the contributors show how biographical methods can improve theoretical understanding of professional practice, as well as enrich the learning and development of professionals, and promote more meaningful and creative practitioner - service user relationships. The book: · reviews applications of biographical methods in both policy and practice in a range of professional contexts, from health and social care to education and employment; · explores the impact of social change in three main arenas - transformation from Eastern to Western types of society in Europe, major shifts in social and welfare principles, experiences of immigration and of new cultural diversities - on professional practice; · critically evaluates subjective and reflexive processes in interactions between researchers, practitioners and users of services; · considers the institutional arrangements and cultural contexts which support effective and sensitive interventions; · draws on actual projects and tracks reflection, progress and outcomes. With contributions from leading international experts, it provides a valuable comparative perspective. Researchers, policy analysts and practitioners, postgraduate students, teachers and trainers will find this book a stimulating read.
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Reader's Guide to the Social Sciences

Author: Jonathan Michie

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135932263

Category: Social Science

Page: 2165

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This 2-volume work includes approximately 1,200 entries in A-Z order, critically reviewing the literature on specific topics from abortion to world systems theory. In addition, nine major entries cover each of the major disciplines (political economy; management and business; human geography; politics; sociology; law; psychology; organizational behavior) and the history and development of the social sciences in a broader sense.
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Europe, Nationalism, Communism

Essays on Poland

Author: José M. Faraldo

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783631567623

Category: History

Page: 130

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This collection of articles on Polish history after 1945 begins with a study of the reconstruction of Polish towns after the World War II, presenting how ideological images of the nation transformed the physical form of urban landscapes. The book devotes also a long part to individual identities, exploring the most intimate level of representation of consciousness: autobiographies of Polish immigrants into former German territories. The last two articles explore the identitarian adaptation of Polish anticommunist emigrants in Spain and the possibilities of dispute about Europe at the beginning of Communist regimes in Poland and Central Europe. The book puts problems of private identities in the context of European discourses, showing how politics are a part of individual lives, too.
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BPR

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American literature

Page: N.A

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Researching ageing and later life

the practice of social gerontology

Author: Anne Jamieson,Christina R. Victor

Publisher: Open Univ Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Medical

Page: 275

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The changing demographic profiles of modern societies have led to a growing interest in understanding ageing and later life among those working within the social sciences and humanities. This edited volume addresses the methodological challenges entailed in studying the process of ageing and life course changes, as well as the experience of being old. The book focuses on the theory and practice of doing research, using a wide range of examples and case studies. The contributors, who are prominent researchers in the field, review the range of practices in the use of different methodologies and give in-depth examples, based on their own research experience. The book covers a variety of disciplines and methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative, and a diversity of sources, including fiction, photographs, as well as the traditional social science sources. Researching Ageing and Later Life will be essential reading for those wishing for an insight into the realities of doing research in this area.
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Projecting Migration

Transcultural Documentary Practice

Author: Alan Grossman,Áine O'Brien

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 239

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"Migration has rapidly become a fundamental component of modern life and increasingly determines who we are and how we define ourselves today. Projecting Migration is a groundbreaking multimedia book/DVD-ROM project that attempts to understand the phenomena of mobility and displacement through essays, films, photography and audio recordings. Contributors have been on the ground in locations as diverse as the US/Mexico border, southern Africa, Lebanon and Ireland, and each chapter is linked with DVD chapters of original footage, resulting in a dynamic account of migrant narratives which circumvent the distorting lens of news journalism. This cross-media collection created in collaboration with the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice at the Dublin Institute of Technology marks a major transdisciplinary contribution to contemporary debates on migration"--Publisher's website.
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She who remembers survives

interpreting Estonian women's post-Soviet life stories

Author: Tiina Kirss,Ene Kõresaar,Marju Lauristin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Estonia

Page: 346

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Comparative social policy

theory and research

Author: Patricia Kennett

Publisher: Open Univ Pr

ISBN: 9780335201235

Category: Medical

Page: 176

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This text explores the new context of social policy and considers how cross-national theory and research can respond to the challenges facing welfare. It is suitable for undergraduate and masters level students of social policy.
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