Researching Life Stories: Method, Theory and Analyses in a Biographical Age / Edition 1

Researching Life Stories: Method, Theory and Analyses in a Biographical Age / Edition 1

by Peter Clough, Dan Goodley, Rebecca Lawthom, Michelle Moore
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415306892

ISBN-13: 9780415306898

Pub. Date: 06/28/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Researching Life Stories critically and pragmatically reflects upon the use of life stories in social and educational research. Using four life stories as examples, the authors apply four different, practical approaches to demonstrate effective research and analysis.
As well as examining in detail the four life stories around which the book is written,…  See more details below

Overview

Researching Life Stories critically and pragmatically reflects upon the use of life stories in social and educational research. Using four life stories as examples, the authors apply four different, practical approaches to demonstrate effective research and analysis.
As well as examining in detail the four life stories around which the book is written, areas covered include:
* Method and methodology in life story research
* Analysis
* Reflections on analyses
* Craft and ethics in researching life
* Policy, practice and theory in life story research.
Throughout the book the authors demystify the issues surrounding life story research and demonstrate the significance of this approach to understanding individual and social worlds.
This unique approach to life story research will be a valuable resource for all social science and education researchers at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415306898
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1Four life stories1
Ch. 1Gerry O'Toole : a design for life3
Ch. 2'I'd never met a vegetarian, never mind a lesbian' : Colleen's life story15
Ch. 3The death story of David Hope26
Ch. 4Frank40
Pt. 2Doing life story research53
Ch. 5Approaching : methodology in life story research55
Ch. 6Doing : method in life story research71
Ch. 7Informing : epistemology in life story research97
Pt. 3Making sense of life stories111
Ch. 8Frameworks: analysis in life story research113
Ch. 9Findings : four analyses of life stories125
Ch. 10Reflexivity : reflections on analyses149
Pt. 4The age of biography : personal and political considerations163
Ch. 11Teaching : craft and ethics in researching life stories165
Ch. 12A/effecting : audience and effects in researching life stories175
Ch. 13Applying : policy, practice and theory in life story research185

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