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.

Religiosität und Identität

Identitätsbildung in den neuen Bundesländern


Author: Wiebke Pekrull

Publisher: Tectum Wissenschaftsverlag

ISBN: 3828860869

Category: Social Science

Page: 516

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Was passiert, wenn Religion nie ein Thema war, aber plötzlich zum Thema wird? Der Zusammenbruch der staatlich durchgesetzten Nichtreligiosität der DDR hat der soziologischen Forschung eine einzigartige Ausgangssituation beschert: Wie positionieren sich junge Menschen in den neuen Bundesländern heute gegenüber Kirche und Religion? Welchen Stellenwert haben Religion und Religiosität für die eigene Identität? Was geschieht umgekehrt, wenn Religion und Religiosität als Identitätsmerkmal nicht (mehr) zur Verfügung stehen? Wiebke Pekrull hat junge Erwachsene in den neuen Bundesländern interviewt und aufschlussreiche Erkenntnisse gewonnen: Sie zeichnet ein Bild religiöser Identität nach, das tiefe familiäre und historische Verankerungen erkennbar macht. Anhand von fünf ausführlichen Fallstudien identifiziert sie anschaulich Prototypen ostdeutscher Religiosität.

Biographical methods and professional practice

An international perspective


Author: Chamberlayne, Prue,Bornat, Joanna

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1847425879

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

View: 4791

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.

Europe, Nationalism, Communism

Essays on Poland


Author: José M. Faraldo

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783631567623

Category: History

Page: 130

View: 4454

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.

Citizenship, Belonging and Intergenerational Relations in African Migration


Author: C. Attias-Donfut,J. Cook,J. Hoffman,L. Waite

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230390323

Category: Social Science

Page: 219

View: 5807

This book explores migration experiences of African families across two generations in Britain, France and South Africa. Global processes of African migration are investigated, and the lived experiences of African migrants are explored in areas such as citizenship, belonging, intergenerational transmission, work and social mobility.

Researching ageing and later life

the practice of social gerontology


Author: Anne Jamieson,Christina R. Victor

Publisher: Open Univ Pr


Category: Medical

Page: 275

View: 775

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.



Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: American literature

Page: N.A

View: 7063

She who remembers survives

interpreting Estonian women's post-Soviet life stories


Author: Tiina Kirss,Ene Kõresaar,Marju Lauristin

Publisher: N.A


Category: Estonia

Page: 346

View: 2167

Comparative social policy

theory and research


Author: Patricia Kennett

Publisher: Open Univ Pr

ISBN: 9780335201235

Category: Medical

Page: 176

View: 5450

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.

Projecting Migration

Transcultural Documentary Practice


Author: Alan Grossman,Áine O'Brien

Publisher: N.A


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 239

View: 6088

"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.

Oral History


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Oral history

Page: N.A

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The SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods


Author: Michael Lewis-Beck,Alan E Bryman,Tim Futing Liao

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761923633

Category: Social Science

Page: 1305

View: 3923

"The first encyclopedia to cover inclusively both quantitative and qualitative research approaches, this set provides clear explanations of 1,000 methodologies, avoiding mathematical equations when possible with liberal cross-referencing and bibliographies. Each volume includes a list of works cited, and the third contains a comprehensive index and lists of person names, organizations, books, tests, software, major concepts, surveys, and methodologies."--"Reference that rocks," American Libraries, May 2005.

The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology


Author: Jaan Valsiner

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199366225

Category: Psychology

Page: 1136

View: 8500

The goal of cultural psychology is to explain the ways in which human cultural constructions -- for example, rituals, stereotypes, and meanings -- organize and direct human acting, feeling, and thinking in different social contexts. A rapidly growing, international field of scholarship, cultural psychology is ready for an interdisciplinary, primary resource. Linking psychology, anthropology, sociology, archaeology, and history, The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology is the quintessential volume that unites the variable perspectives from these disciplines. Comprised of over fifty contributed chapters, this book provides a necessary, comprehensive overview of contemporary cultural psychology. Bridging psychological, sociological, and anthropological perspectives, one will find in this handbook: - A concise history of psychology that includes valuable resources for innovation in psychology in general and cultural psychology in particular - Interdisciplinary chapters including insights into cultural anthropology, cross-cultural psychology, culture and conceptions of the self, and semiotics and cultural connections - Close, conceptual links with contemporary biological sciences, especially developmental biology, and with other social sciences - A section detailing potential methodological innovations for cultural psychology By comparing cultures and the (often differing) human psychological functions occuring within them, The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology is the ideal resource for making sense of complex and varied human phenomena.

Grounded theory

Strategien qualitativer Forschung


Author: Barney G. Glaser,Anselm L. Strauss,Axel T. Paul

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783456849065


Page: 278

View: 4912

Der Klassiker über den qualitativen Forschungsansatz der "Grounded Theory", geschrieben von den Entwicklern dieser Methode "Obwohl unser Buch sich in erster Linie an Soziologen richtet, glauben wir, dass es jedem nutzen kann, der daran interessiert ist, soziale Phänomene zu untersuchen politischer, pädagogischer, wirtschaftlicher, industrieller oder welcher Art auch immer." In der Tat ist "Grounded Theory" quer durch die wissenschaftlichen Disziplinen zum Standardbegriff der qualitativen Sozialforschung ge - worden. Die inzwischen zum Klassiker avancierte Arbeit von Glaser und Strauss eröffnet eine lehrbare und auch lernbare Forschungsstrategie. Das Konzept bietet eine Antwort auf das Problem, die oft schmerzlich empfundene Lücke zwischen empirischer Forschung und Theorie zu schliessen.