Life Story Research

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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 ...

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Overview

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 such as nursing, criminology, and 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.

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Barbara Harrison is Professor of Sociology at the University of East London.

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Table of Contents

VOLUME I
Appendix of Sources
Acknowledgements
Editor's Introduction: Researching Lives and the Lived Experience - Barbara Harrison
PART ONE: HISTORICAL ORIGINS AND TRAJECTORIES
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
Stories - 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
VOLUME I
PART TWO: THEORETICAL AND CONCEPTUAL ISSUES IN LIFE STORY RESEARCH
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. Mc Kay
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 Mc Neill
Narrative Practice and the Coherence of Personal Stories - Jaber F. Gubrium and James A. Holstein
VOLUME III
PART THREE: TYPES OF LIFE STORY RESEARCH - TRADITIONAL AND NEW SOURCES OF LIFE STORY DATA
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
PART FOUR: DOING LIFE STORY RESEARCH
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 Mc Dermott
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 Foto Dialogo 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
VOLUME IV
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
PART FIVE: RESEARCH CONTEXTS AND LIFE STORIES
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

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