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Turn to Biographical Methods in Social Science by Prue Chamberlayne
Book DescriptionBiographical 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415228374
(216mm x 140mm x 23mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Prue Chamberlayne
Art, Creativity and Imagination in Social Work Practice, Hardback (November 2008)
Workers feel most satisfied while service users and communities are more likely to benefit when creative thinking can be applied to practice dilemmas. Drawing on contributions from Canada, England and Utrecht, this book illustrates the transforming effect of creatively applied thinking to social problems.
Turn to Biographical Methods in Social Science, Paperback (March 2000)
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.
Welfare and Culture in Europe, Paperback (July 1999)» View all books by Prue Chamberlayne
This book describes how an awareness of culture must be applied to the study and provision of welfare in Europe. It shows how the cultures underpinning social welfare systems are starting to be exposed and explored. The assumption that the values and beliefs which constitute welfare systems are universal and absolute has been overturned.
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Author Biography - Prue Chamberlayne
Prue Chamberlayne is Director of The Centre for Biography in Social Policy at the University of East London; Joana Bornat is Senior Lecturer in the department of Health and Social Policy at the Open University; Tom Wengraf is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Research Methods at Middlesex University.
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