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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415306898
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Goodley, Peter Clough and Michelle Moore are all based at the Inclusive Education and Equality Research Centre at the University of Sheffield's School of Education.
Rebecca Lawthorn is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Four life stories 1
Ch. 1 Gerry O'Toole : a design for life 3
Ch. 2 'I'd never met a vegetarian, never mind a lesbian' : Colleen's life story 15
Ch. 3 The death story of David Hope 26
Ch. 4 Frank 40
Pt. 2 Doing life story research 53
Ch. 5 Approaching : methodology in life story research 55
Ch. 6 Doing : method in life story research 71
Ch. 7 Informing : epistemology in life story research 97
Pt. 3 Making sense of life stories 111
Ch. 8 Frameworks: analysis in life story research 113
Ch. 9 Findings : four analyses of life stories 125
Ch. 10 Reflexivity : reflections on analyses 149
Pt. 4 The age of biography : personal and political considerations 163
Ch. 11 Teaching : craft and ethics in researching life stories 165
Ch. 12 A/effecting : audience and effects in researching life stories 175
Ch. 13 Applying : policy, practice and theory in life story research 185
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