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SAGE Biographical Research

Four Volume Set
Edited by:
  • John Goodwin - Professor, School of Media, Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester


June 2012 | 1 520 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

 
VOLUME ONE: BIOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH: STARTING POINTS, DEBATES AND APPROACHES
Louis Smith
Biographical Method
Ken Plummer
The Auto/Biographical Society
Norman Denzin
Assumptions of the Method
Tom Wengraf, Prue Chamberlayne and Joanna Bornat
A Biographical Turn in the Social Sciences? A British-European View
Liz Stanley
On Auto/Biography in Sociology
Pamela Cotterill and Gayle Letherby
Weaving Stories
Personal Auto/Biographies in Feminist Research  
Deborah Reed-Danahay
Autobiography, Intimacy and Ethnography
Alem Kebede
Practising Sociological Imagination through Writing Sociological Autobiography
Ian Hodder
The Interpretation of Documents and Material Culture
Gregory Stanczak
Observing Culture and Social Life
Documentary Photography, Fieldwork and Social Research  
Lindsay Prior
Repositioning Documents in Social Research
Joanna Bornat
Oral History
Julie McLeod and Rachel Thomson
Oral and Life History
Molly Andrews, Corinne Squire and Maria Tamboukou
What Is Narrative Research?
Jane Elliott
The Narrative Potential of the British Birth Cohort Studies
Julie McLeod and Rachel Thomson
Qualitative Longitudinal Research
Consuelo Corradi
Text, Context and Individual Meaning
Rethinking Life Stories in a Hermeneutic Framework  
Leon Anderson
Analytic Auto-Ethnography
Peter McIlveen et al
Auto-Ethnography in Vocational Psychology
Wearing Your Class on Your Sleeve  
 
VOLUME TWO: BIOGRAPHICAL INTERVIEWS, ORAL HISTORIES AND LIFE NARRATIVES
Norman Denzin
Securing Biographical Experience
Robert Miller
Collecting Life Histories
Liz Stanley and Bogusia Temple
Narrative Methodologies
Subjects, Silences, Re-Readings and Analyses  
Liz Stanley
Madness to the Method? Using a Narrative Methodology to Analyze Large-Scale Complex Social Phenomena
Maarit Leskelä-Kärki
Narrating Life Stories in between the Fictional and the Autobiographical
Thomas Barone
Among the Chosen
A Collaborative Educational (Auto)biography  
Andrew Sparkes
Bodies, Narratives, Selves and Autobiography
The Example of Lance Armstrong  
Carrie Paechter
Growing up with a Lesbian Mother
A Theoretically Based Analysis of Personal Experience  
Diana Jones
Researching Groups of Lives
A Collective Biographical Perspective on the Protestant Ethic Debate  
Amanda Bingley et al
Developing Narrative Research in Supportive and Palliative Care
The Focus on Illness Narratives  
Roberta Goldman et al
The Life History Interview Method
Applications to Intervention Development  
Robin Humphrey
Life Stories and Social Careers
Ageing and Social Life in an Ex-Mining Town  
Catharine Warren
The Written Life History as a Prime Research Tool in Adult Education
Susan Feldman and Linsey Howie
Looking Back, Looking Forward
Reflections on Using a Life History Review Tool with Older People  
Mark Riley
Emplacing the Research Encounter
Exploring Farm Life Histories  
Shane Blackman
'Hidden Ethnography'
Crossing Emotional Borders in Qualitative Accounts of Young People's Lives  
Jennifer Clary-Lemon
'We're Not Ethnic, We're Irish!'
Oral Histories and the Discursive Construction of Immigrant Identity  
June Manning Thomas
Neighborhood Planning
Uses of Oral History  
Jukka Kortti and Tuuli Anna Mähönen
Reminiscing Television
Media Ethnography, Oral History and Finnish Third Generation Media History  
Geertje Boschma, Olive Yonge and Lorraine Mychajlunow
Consent in Oral History Interviews
Unique Challenges  
Avril Butler, Deirdre Ford and Claire Tregaskis
Who Do We Think We Are? Self and Reflexivity in Social Work Practice
Jane Elliot
Statistical Stories? The Use of Narrative in Quantitative Analysis
 
VOLUME THREE: OTHER FORMS OF LIFE WRITING: LETTERS, DIARIES AND AUTO/BIOGRAPHY
Liz Stanley
Shadows Lying across Her Pages
Epistolary Aspects of Reading 'The Eventful I' in Olive Schreiner's Letters  
David Morgan
Sociological Imaginings and Imagining Sociology
Bodies, Auto/Biographies and Other Mysteries  
Megan Chawansky
Letters to a Young Baller
Exploring Epistolary Criticism  
Nicky Hallett
Introduction 2. 'Anxiously Yours': The Epistolary Self and the Culture of Concern
The Epistolary Self and the Culture of Concern  
Roger Conaway and William Wardrope
Do Their Words Really Matter? Thematic Analysis of U.S. and Latin American CEO Letters
Stephen Banks, Esther Louie and Martha Einerson
Constructing Personal Identities in Holiday Letters
Stephen Banks
Five Holiday Letters
A Fiction  
Sharon Lockyer and Michael Pickering
Dear Shit-Shovellers
Humour, Censure and the Discourse of Complaint  
Robert Bullough Jr. and Stefinee Pinnegar
Guidelines for Quality in Autobiographical Forms of Self-Study Research
Ato Quayson
Wole Soyinka and Autobiography as Political Unconscious
Andy Alaszweski
Researching Diaries
Andy Alaszweski
Getting Started
Finding Diarists and Diaries  
Linda Bell
Public and Private Meanings in Diaries
Researching Family and Child Care  
Lauri Hyers, Janet Swim and Robyn Mallett
The Personal Is Political
Using Daily Diaries to Examine Everyday Prejudice-Related Experiences  
John Duffy
Recalling the Letter
The Uses of Oral Testimony in Historical Studies of Literacy  
Shashi Bhushan Upadhyay
Meaning of Work in Dalit Autobiographies
James Haywood Rolling, Jr. and Lace Marie Brogden
Two Hours or More away from Most Things
Re-Writing Identities from No Fixed Address  
 
VOLUME FOUR: OTHER DOCUMENTS OF LIFE: PHOTOGRAPHS, CYBER DOCUMENTS AND EPHEMERA
Carol Smart
Families, Secrets and Memories
Ken Plummer
Accessories to a Life Story
From Written Diaries to Video Diaries  
Christine Hine
The Virtual Objects of Ethnography
Christine Hegel-Cantarella
Kin-to-Be
Betrothal, Legal Documents and Reconfiguring Relational Obligations in Egypt  
Jill Walker Rettberg
'Freshly Generated for You, and Barack Obama'
How Social Media Represent Your Life  
Shay Sayre
History, Living Biography and Self-Narrative
Nicola Ross et al
Moving Stories
Using Mobile Methods to Explore the Everyday Lives of Young People in Public Care  
Nicholas Hookway
'Entering the Blogosphere'
Some Strategies for Using Blogs in Social Research  
Nina Wakeford and Kris Cohen
Fieldnotes in Public
Using Blogs for Research  
Sarah Drew, Rony Duncan and Susan Sawyer
Visual Storytelling
A Beneficial but Challenging Method for Health Research with Young People  
Anna Bagnoli
Beyond the Standard Interview
The Use of Graphic Elicitation and Arts-Based Methods  
Alicia Rozycki et al
Prison Tattoos as a Reflection of the Criminal Lifestyle
Christine Wall
Something to Show for It
The Place of Mementoes in Women's Oral Histories of Work  
Swati Chattopadhyay
'Goods, Chattels and Sundry Items'
Constructing 19th-Century Anglo-Indian Domestic Life  
Lisa Libby and Richard Eibach
Self-Enhancement or Self-Coherence? Why People Shift Visual Perspective in Mental Images of the Personal Past and Future
Gregory Stanczak
Inner-City Children in Sharper Focus
Sociology of Childhood and Photo Elicitation Interviews  
Sarah Pink
Video in Ethnographic Research

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