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Advances in Biographical Methods

Creative Applications, 1st Edition

Edited by Maggie O'Neill, Brian Roberts, Andrew Sparkes


176 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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Rooted in a long and diverse genealogy, biographical approaches have developed from a focus upon a single story, a ‘life story’ and personal documents (e.g. diaries), to encompass (more routinely) autobiographical secondary and archival research and analysis - as well as multi-media, arts based creative multi-sensory methods. Biographical Research and practices as part of human understanding helps people to make sense of what has been and what is happening in their lives, cultures, communities and societies.

Advances in Biographical Methods: Creative Applications takes up these themes: theorising, doing and applying current advances in biographical methods. It demonstrates the momentum with which they areas are developing as a field of scholarship, especially in relation to creative innovations and applications, such as in new forms of interview and other practices, and debates on its interlinking with art, performance and digital methods.

Table of Contents

Part I: Theoretical Advances 1. Biographical Research: Past, present, future 2. When Bodies Need Stories: Narrative analysis in action3. Keepin’ It Real: Social action research, psychoanalytic theory, and the moving to the beat project 4. The Narrative Construction and Performance of IdentityPart II: Methodological Advances 5. Participatory Biographies: Walking, sensing, belonging6. Ignore the Man Behind the Curtain: Exploration of virtual reality7. Biographical Research, Longitudinal Study and Theorisation Part III: Advances in Applying Biographical Methods 8. Not a Problem: Translation and the silencing of narratives 9. Finding the Manly Man in Archives, Historical / Archival Research as the Documents of Life 10. Combining Biographical and Visual Methods in Practice: A vegan comic case study

About the Editors

Professor Maggie O’Neill is Professor in Applied Social Sciences, Durham University.

Professor Brian Roberts is Visiting Professor in the School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University, UK.

Professor Andrew C. Sparkes PhD is based in the Research Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure at Leeds Metropolitan University.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General