A history of biographical research in the United Kingdom
West, L. and Merrill, B. 2018. A history of biographical research in the United Kingdom. Revista Brasileira de Pesquisa (Auto)Biográfica. 3 (9), pp. 765-780.
|Authors||West, L. and Merrill, B.|
Biograpahical researchers in the United Kingdom have been influenced by symbolic interactionism, feminism, oral history, critical sociology, psychoanalysis and what we term an auto/biographical imagination. The latter involves reflexively situating the researcher and her influence, via power, unconscious processes and writing, into the text and by acknowledging the co-construction of stories.
The focus of much research has been on marginalised peoples, as part of a democratising project to bring more diverse voices and stories into the historical or contemporary social record. It is important to avoid too rigid a distinction between mainland Europe and developments in Britain. Collaboration and dialogue have been extensive, across various research networks, including in the European Society for Research in the Education of Adults (ESREA).
|Keywords||Auto/biography; marginality; psychosocial; class; gender and subjectivity|
|Journal||Revista Brasileira de Pesquisa (Auto)Biográfica|
|Journal citation||3 (9), pp. 765-780|
|08 Dec 2018|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||22 Jan 2019|
|Accepted||30 Sep 2018|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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