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SAGE Biographical Research

SAGE Biographical Research

Four Volume Set
Edited by:
  • John Goodwin - Professor, School of Media, Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester

1 520 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Biographical research may take a range of forms and may vary in its application and approach but has the unified and coherent aim to give 'voice' to individuals. The central concern of this collection is to assemble articles (from sociology, social psychology, education, health, criminology, social gerontology, epidemiology, management, and organizational research) that illustrate the full range of debates, methods and techniques that can be combined under heading 'biographical research'.

Volume 1: Biographical Research: Starting Points, Debates and Approaches explores the different biographical methods currently used while locating these within the history of social science methods.

Volume 2: Biographical Interviews, Oral Histories and Life Narratives focuses on the more established, interview-based, biographical research methods and considers the analytical strategies used for interview-based biographical research

Volume 3: Forms of Life Writing: Letters, Diaries and Auto/Biography considers the value of 'data' contained within letters, diaries and auto/biography and illustrates how this data has been analyzed to reveal biographies and their social context.

Volume 4: Other Documents of Life: Photographs, Cyber Documents and Ephemera focuses on the 'other' human documents and objects, like photographs, cyber-documents (emails, blogs, social networking sites, webpages) and other ephemera (such as official documents) that are used extensively in biographical research.

Louis Smith
Biographical Method
Ken Plummer
The Auto/Biographical Society
Norman Denzin
Assumptions of the Method
Tom Wengraf, Prue Chamberlayne and Joanna Bornat
A Biographical Turn in the Social Sciences? A British-European View
Liz Stanley
On Auto/Biography in Sociology
Pamela Cotterill and Gayle Letherby
Weaving Stories
Personal Auto/Biographies in Feminist Research

Deborah Reed-Danahay
Autobiography, Intimacy and Ethnography
Alem Kebede
Practising Sociological Imagination through Writing Sociological Autobiography
Ian Hodder
The Interpretation of Documents and Material Culture
Gregory Stanczak
Observing Culture and Social Life
Documentary Photography, Fieldwork and Social Research

Lindsay Prior
Repositioning Documents in Social Research
Joanna Bornat
Oral History
Julie McLeod and Rachel Thomson
Oral and Life History
Molly Andrews, Corinne Squire and Maria Tamboukou
What Is Narrative Research?
Jane Elliott
The Narrative Potential of the British Birth Cohort Studies
Julie McLeod and Rachel Thomson
Qualitative Longitudinal Research
Consuelo Corradi
Text, Context and Individual Meaning
Rethinking Life Stories in a Hermeneutic Framework

Leon Anderson
Analytic Auto-Ethnography
Peter McIlveen et al
Auto-Ethnography in Vocational Psychology
Wearing Your Class on Your Sleeve

Norman Denzin
Securing Biographical Experience
Robert Miller
Collecting Life Histories
Liz Stanley and Bogusia Temple
Narrative Methodologies
Subjects, Silences, Re-Readings and Analyses

Liz Stanley
Madness to the Method? Using a Narrative Methodology to Analyze Large-Scale Complex Social Phenomena
Maarit Leskelä-Kärki
Narrating Life Stories in between the Fictional and the Autobiographical
Thomas Barone
Among the Chosen
A Collaborative Educational (Auto)biography

Andrew Sparkes
Bodies, Narratives, Selves and Autobiography
The Example of Lance Armstrong

Carrie Paechter
Growing up with a Lesbian Mother
A Theoretically Based Analysis of Personal Experience

Diana Jones
Researching Groups of Lives
A Collective Biographical Perspective on the Protestant Ethic Debate

Amanda Bingley et al
Developing Narrative Research in Supportive and Palliative Care
The Focus on Illness Narratives

Roberta Goldman et al
The Life History Interview Method
Applications to Intervention Development

Robin Humphrey
Life Stories and Social Careers
Ageing and Social Life in an Ex-Mining Town

Catharine Warren
The Written Life History as a Prime Research Tool in Adult Education
Susan Feldman and Linsey Howie
Looking Back, Looking Forward
Reflections on Using a Life History Review Tool with Older People

Mark Riley
Emplacing the Research Encounter
Exploring Farm Life Histories

Shane Blackman
'Hidden Ethnography'
Crossing Emotional Borders in Qualitative Accounts of Young People's Lives

Jennifer Clary-Lemon
'We're Not Ethnic, We're Irish!'
Oral Histories and the Discursive Construction of Immigrant Identity

June Manning Thomas
Neighborhood Planning
Uses of Oral History

Jukka Kortti and Tuuli Anna Mähönen
Reminiscing Television
Media Ethnography, Oral History and Finnish Third Generation Media History

Geertje Boschma, Olive Yonge and Lorraine Mychajlunow
Consent in Oral History Interviews
Unique Challenges

Avril Butler, Deirdre Ford and Claire Tregaskis
Who Do We Think We Are? Self and Reflexivity in Social Work Practice
Jane Elliot
Statistical Stories? The Use of Narrative in Quantitative Analysis
Liz Stanley
Shadows Lying across Her Pages
Epistolary Aspects of Reading 'The Eventful I' in Olive Schreiner's Letters

David Morgan
Sociological Imaginings and Imagining Sociology
Bodies, Auto/Biographies and Other Mysteries

Megan Chawansky
Letters to a Young Baller
Exploring Epistolary Criticism

Nicky Hallett
Introduction 2. 'Anxiously Yours': The Epistolary Self and the Culture of Concern
The Epistolary Self and the Culture of Concern

Roger Conaway and William Wardrope
Do Their Words Really Matter? Thematic Analysis of U.S. and Latin American CEO Letters
Stephen Banks, Esther Louie and Martha Einerson
Constructing Personal Identities in Holiday Letters
Stephen Banks
Five Holiday Letters
A Fiction

Sharon Lockyer and Michael Pickering
Dear Shit-Shovellers
Humour, Censure and the Discourse of Complaint

Robert Bullough Jr. and Stefinee Pinnegar
Guidelines for Quality in Autobiographical Forms of Self-Study Research
Ato Quayson
Wole Soyinka and Autobiography as Political Unconscious
Andy Alaszweski
Researching Diaries
Andy Alaszweski
Getting Started
Finding Diarists and Diaries

Linda Bell
Public and Private Meanings in Diaries
Researching Family and Child Care

Lauri Hyers, Janet Swim and Robyn Mallett
The Personal Is Political
Using Daily Diaries to Examine Everyday Prejudice-Related Experiences

John Duffy
Recalling the Letter
The Uses of Oral Testimony in Historical Studies of Literacy

Shashi Bhushan Upadhyay
Meaning of Work in Dalit Autobiographies
James Haywood Rolling, Jr. and Lace Marie Brogden
Two Hours or More away from Most Things
Re-Writing Identities from No Fixed Address

Carol Smart
Families, Secrets and Memories
Ken Plummer
Accessories to a Life Story
From Written Diaries to Video Diaries

Christine Hine
The Virtual Objects of Ethnography
Christine Hegel-Cantarella
Betrothal, Legal Documents and Reconfiguring Relational Obligations in Egypt

Jill Walker Rettberg
'Freshly Generated for You, and Barack Obama'
How Social Media Represent Your Life

Shay Sayre
History, Living Biography and Self-Narrative
Nicola Ross et al
Moving Stories
Using Mobile Methods to Explore the Everyday Lives of Young People in Public Care

Nicholas Hookway
'Entering the Blogosphere'
Some Strategies for Using Blogs in Social Research

Nina Wakeford and Kris Cohen
Fieldnotes in Public
Using Blogs for Research

Sarah Drew, Rony Duncan and Susan Sawyer
Visual Storytelling
A Beneficial but Challenging Method for Health Research with Young People

Anna Bagnoli
Beyond the Standard Interview
The Use of Graphic Elicitation and Arts-Based Methods

Alicia Rozycki et al
Prison Tattoos as a Reflection of the Criminal Lifestyle
Christine Wall
Something to Show for It
The Place of Mementoes in Women's Oral Histories of Work

Swati Chattopadhyay
'Goods, Chattels and Sundry Items'
Constructing 19th-Century Anglo-Indian Domestic Life

Lisa Libby and Richard Eibach
Self-Enhancement or Self-Coherence? Why People Shift Visual Perspective in Mental Images of the Personal Past and Future
Gregory Stanczak
Inner-City Children in Sharper Focus
Sociology of Childhood and Photo Elicitation Interviews

Sarah Pink
Video in Ethnographic Research

John Goodwin

John Goodwin is a Professor of Sociology and Sociological Practice at the University of Leicester. As a sociologist, John has a broad range of research interests including education to work transitions, sociological research methods, and the history of sociology. He is a recognized expert on the life and sociology of Pearl Jephcott, and he also has a significant interest in the works of Norbert Elias, C. Wright Mills, and Stanley Milgram. In terms of his sociological practice, John has expertise in qualitative secondary analysis, restudies, biographical methods, and the use of unconventional data sources in sociological research. More About Author

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