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

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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: 9216

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.

Historical Social Research

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Social history

Page: N.A

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International journal for the application of formal methods to history.

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: 8398

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.

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: 5560

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.

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: 9944


Projecting Migration

Transcultural Documentary Practice

Author: Alan Grossman,Áine O'Brien

Publisher: N.A


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 239

View: 8266

"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.

The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology

Author: Jaan Valsiner

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199366225

Category: Psychology

Page: 1136

View: 5818

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.

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: 4766

"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.


An Annotated Bibliography of Journal Articles, Books, and Dissertations

Author: Susan K. Kinnell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780874364903

Category: Historiography

Page: 1000

View: 4870


Sociological Abstracts

Author: Leo P. Chall

Publisher: N.A


Category: Sociology

Page: N.A

View: 449

CSA Sociological Abstracts abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,800+ serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers.


Publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a Division of the American Library Association

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Academic libraries

Page: N.A

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