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Biographical Research Methods

Biographical Research Methods

272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Biographical data provide unique insights into social life, but they also pose some significant challenges for social science researchers. This book offers a systematic, flexible guide to using biographical narrative methods in your research project.

Drawing upon the authors’ own research, as well as case studies from a range of international contexts and disciplines, the book illustrates how biographical approaches can be tailored to different research questions and environments.

This book will help you to:
·       Navigate any complexities or missteps when undertaking real-world research
·       Apply your analytical and research tools to your research question
·       Choose the right research design for your project, whether single or mixed methods
·       Ground your understanding within diverse real-world research examples. 

Clear, adaptable, and applied, this is your definitive guide to working with biographical methods.
Chapter 1 Discovering biographical narrative research
Chapter 2 Theoretical approaches to biographical narratives
Chapter 3 Interview process and ethics
Chapter 4 Autobiographical Narrative Interview Method
Chapter 5 Narrative ethnography
Chapter 6 - Logical systems, qualitative comparative analysis, and quantitative coding
Chapter 7 Designing a project using biographical methods
Chapter 8 Mixed qualitative methods
Chapter 9 Mixed quantitative and qualitative methods
Chapter 10 Challenges ahead for biographical research

This book is a practical and thought-provoking account of the use of biographical methods in social science research. The case studies are useful for advanced students and researchers, and for anyone interested in how we tell stories about our lives.

Rachel Wicaksono
Head of the School of Education, Language and Psychology, York St John University

An accessible and lively text, drawing on numerous examples to demonstrate biographical narrative research in action. The fascinating and complex world of biographical research is presented in a highly accessible way. Students and researchers will learn a great deal from reading this before embarking on research projects with any degree of biographical focus. 

Candice Satchell
Director of Arts and Humanities Research Academy, School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies, University of Central Lancashire

Anchored in studies drawn from a wide variety of disciplines, Biographical Research Methods fills glaring gaps in the literature through balanced sympathetic consideration of a wide range of methodological approaches and its illumination of both established and innovative research techniques. 

Robert Miller
Emeritus Professor of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Queens University

Marta J. Eichsteller

Marta J. Eichsteller is Assistant Professor of Sociology at University College Dublin. Her research and writing projects focus on the qualitative and cross-generational aspects of social inequalities from local, national and global perspectives. She has worked on projects on local civil society participation in Poland and the UK, European identifications, and sustained escapes from poverty in the context of international development across Africa and South East Asia. She is particularly interested in biographical aspects of social change and their implications for social inquiry. More About Author

Howard H. Davis

Howard Davis is Emeritus professor of Social Theory and Institutions at Bangor University, Wales, and a former Co-Director of the Wales Institute for Social & Economic Research & Data (WISERD). His research and writing have focused on social theories of culture; cultural formations and transitions in post-Soviet societies; and social identities at local, national and international levels. He has been responsible for a wide range of research projects on culture, language and identities, including several based on biographical methods. More About Author