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Life Story Research

Life Story Research

Four Volume Set
Edited by:

January 2009 | 1 712 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Life Story Research gathers together articles on a number of methodological approaches within the social sciences that focus on research where the individual and his or her life, experiences and thinking is the core focus of study. The personal narrative can be teased out in many ways using methods such as the auto/biographical or oral history, and even the psychoanalytical. This four volume set cover an extensive time period, with classic pieces providing an important context for much of the later work. This set will be invaluable to researchers within the social sciences and related research fields (nursing, criminology, cultural studies). With many 'new' approaches available, individual researchers are offered access to material that addresses both the 'how to' as well as a critical evaluation of issues associated with them.

Part I: Historical Origins & Trajectories

Part II: Theoretical & Conceptual Issues in Life Story Research

Part III: Types of Life Story Research: Traditional and New Sources of Life Story Data

Part IV: Doing Life Story Research

Part V: Research Contexts and Life Stories

Appendix of Sources


Editor's Introduction: Researching Lives and the Lived Experience

Barbara Harrison
The Life History and the Scientific Mosaic

H. Becker
Herbert Blumer and the Life History Tradition

Ken Plummer
Pioneering the Life Story Method

Paul Thompson
The Life Story Approach: A Continental View

Daniel Bertaux and Martin Kohli
Four Paradigm Transformations in Oral History

Alistair Thomson
Telling Our Stories: Feminist Debates and the Use of Oral History

Joan Sangster

Carolyn Steedman
Writing Autobiography

Bell hooks
The Problem of Other Lives: Social Perspectives on Written Biography

Michael Erben
"Narrative Analysis" Thirty Years Later

Emanuel A. Schegloff
Reflections on the Biographical Turn in Social Science

Michael Rustin
Reflections on the Role of Personal Narratives in Social Science

Camilla Stivers
Digital Life Stories: Auto/Biography in the Information Age

Michael Hardey
Is Oral History Auto/Biography?

Joanna Bornat
Situating Auto/Biography: Biography and Narrative in the Times and Places of Everyday Life

Ian Burkitt
Why Study People's Stories? The Dialogical Ethics of Narrative Analysis

Arthur W. Frank
Narrative Research and the Challenge of Accumulating Knowledge

Ruthellen Josselson
Who's Talking/Who's Talking Back? The Subject of Personal Narrative

Sidonie Smith
What Is the Subject?

Shelley Day Sclater
Reflections on the Narrative Research Approach

Torill Moen
Rescuing Narrative from Qualitative Research

Paul Atkinson and Sara Delamont
Life Histories and the Perspective of the Present

Margaretha Järvinen
A Matter of Time: When, since, after Labov and Waletzky

Elliot G. Mishler
Autobiographical Time

Jens Brockmeier
A Suitable Time and Place: Speakers' Use of 'Time' to Do Discursive Work in Narratives of Nation and Personal Life

Stephanie Taylor and Margaret Wetherell
Individual Remembering and 'Collective Memory': Theoretical Presuppositions and Contemporary Debates

Anna Green
Creative Memories: Genre, Gender and Language in Latina Autobiographies

Sobeira Latorre
Reading Narratives

Corinne Squire
The Epistolarium: On Theorizing Letters and Correspondences

Liz Stanley
The Narrative Self: Race, Politics, and Culture in Black American Women's Autobiography

Nellie Y. McKay
Personal Narratives, Relational Selves: Residential Histories in the Living and Telling

Jennifer Mason
The Ethnographic Autobiography

Harry F. Wolcott
Analytic Autoethnography

Leon Anderson
Called to Account: The CV as an Autobiographical Practice

Nod Miller and David Morgan
The Personal or 'Lonely Hearts' Advertisement as an Auto/Biographical Practice

Helen Pearce
Writing to the Archive: Mass-Observation as Autobiography

Dorothy Sheridan
Tattoo Narratives: The Intersection of the Body, Self-Identity and Society

Mary Kosut
Reconsidering Performative Autobiography: Life Writing and the Beatles

Kenneth Womack
Glimpses of Street Life: Representing Lived Experience through Short Stories

Marcelo Diversi
Photographic Visions and Narrative Inquiry

Barbara Harrison
Articulate Image, Painted Diary: Frida Kahlo's Autobiographical Interface

Mimi Y. Yang
Venues of Storytelling: The Circulation of Testimony in Human Rights Campaigns

Kay Schaffer and Sidonie Smith
Generic Subjects: Reading Canadian Death Notices as Life Writing

Laurie McNeill
Narrative Practice and the Coherence of Personal Stories

Jaber F. Gubrium and James A. Holstein
Life "on Holiday"? In Defense of Big Stories

Mark Freeman
Psychoanalytic Narratives: Writing the Self into Contemporary Cultural Phenomena

Ian Parker
Writing the Self versus Writing the Other: Comparing Autobiographical and Life History Data

David R. Maines
Confidantes, Co-Workers and Correspondents: Feminist Discourses of Letter-Writing from 1970 to the Present

Margaretta Jolly
The Makings of Mother in Diary Narratives

Eeva Jokinen
Biography as Microscope or Kaleidoscope: The Case of 'Power' in Hannah Cullwick's Relationship with Arthur Munby

Liz Stanley
Narratives of the Night: The Use of Audio Diaries in Researching Sleep

Jenny Hislop, Sara Arber, Rob Meadows and Sue Venn
Careful What You Ask For: Reconsidering Feminist Epistemology and Autobiographical Narrative in Research on Sexual Identity Development

Lisa M. Diamond
The Biographical-Interpretative Method - Principles and Procedures

Roswitha Breckner
Eliciting Narrative Through the In-Depth Interview

Wendy Holloway and Tony Jefferson
Questioning the Subject in Biographical Interviewing

Jennifer Harding
Constructing Meaningful Lives: Biographical Methods in Research on Migrant Women

Umut Erel
Researching Chinese Women's Lives: 'Insider' Research and Life History Interviewing

Jieyu Liu
Shifting Gears in Life History Research: The Case of an Assimilated American Jewish Woman in Palestine/Israel, 1989-1991

Batya Weinbaum
Telling Lesbian Stories: Interviewing and the Class Dynamics of 'Talk'

Elizabeth McDermott
But Sometimes You're Not Part of the Story: Oral Histories and Ways of Remembering and Telling

Antoinette Errante
Listen to Their Voices: Two Case Studies in the Interpretation of Oral History Interviews

Ron Grele
Loss, Collective Memory and Transcripted Oral Histories

Barry S. Godfrey and Jane C. Richardson
Imaginary Pictures, Real Life Stories: The FotoDialogo Method

Flavia S. Ramos
'Researching Identities with Multi-Method Autobiographies'

Anna Bagnoli
Showing and Telling Asthma: Children Teaching Physicians with Visual Narrative

Michael Rich and Richard Chalfen
A Story behind a Story: Developing Strategies for Making Sense of Teacher Narratives

Tansy S. Jessop and Alan J. Penny
Content, Context, Reflexivity and the Qualitative Research Encounter: Telling Stories in the Virtual Realm

Nicola Illingworth
Technobiography: Researching Lives, Online and Off

Helen Kennedy
The Use of Biographical Material in Intellectual History: Writing about Alva and Gunnar Myrdal's Contribution to Sociology

E. Stina Lyon
Tracing Heterotopias: Writing Women Educators in Greece

Maria Tamboukou
Against Good Advice: Reflections on Conducting Research in a Country Where You Don't Speak the Language

Molly Andrews
Narratives of Challenging Research: Stirring Tales of Politics and Practice

Erica Burman
Ethics and Institutions in Biographical Writing on Indonesian Subjects

David T. Hill
A Note on the Ethical Issues in the Use of Autobiography in Sociological Research

Barbara Harrison and E. Stina Lyon
Exporting Ethics: A Narrative about Narrative Research in South India

Catherine Kohler Riessman
Snippets and Silences: Ethics and Reflexivity in Narratives of Sistering

Melanie Mauthner
Telling Secrets, Revealing Lives: Relational Ethics in Research with Intimate Others

Carolyn Ellis
Collaboration and Censorship in the Oral History Interview

Annmarie Turnbull
Mythical Moments in National and Other Family Histories

Stephan Feuchtwang
Re/Membering (to) Shifting Alignments: Korean Women's Transnational Narratives in US Higher Education

Jeong-eun Rhee
Generational Shifts in Post-Holocaust Australian Jewish Autobiography

Richard Freadman
From Interview to Story: Writing Abbie's Life

Christine Elizabeth Kiesinger
Distressing Histories and Unhappy Interviewing

David W. Jones
Inviting Intimacy: The Interview as Therapeutic Opportunity

Maxine Birch and Tina Miller
The Healing Effects of Storytelling: On the Conditions of Curative Storytelling in the Context of Research and Counseling

Gabriele Rosenthal
Autoethnography and Narratives of Self: Reflections on Criteria in Action

Andrew C. Sparkes
Fidelity as a Criterion for Practicing and Evaluating Narrative Inquiry

Donald Blumenfeld-Jones
Validity Issues in Narrative Research

Donald E. Polkinghorne