Documents of life revisited: narrative and biographical methodology for a 21st century critical humanism

Liz Stanley

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Abstract / Description of output

The cultural and narrative turn has had a considerable impact upon research in the social sciences as well as in the arts and humanities, with Ken Plummer's Documents of Life constituting a central text in the turn towards to narrative, biographical and qualitative methodologies, challenging and changing the nature of research in sociology and further afield.

Bringing together the latest research on auto/biographical and narrative methods, Documents of Life Revisited offers a sympathetic yet critical engagement with Plummer's work, exploring a range of different kinds of life documents and delineating a critical humanist methodology for researching and writing about these. A rich examination of the methods and methodologies associated with contemporary research in the social sciences and humanities, this book will be of interest to those concerned with the use and importance of biographical and narrative sources and documents of life investigations. As such, it will appeal to sociologists, social anthropologists and geographers, as well as scholars of cultural studies and cultural history, literary studies and library, archive and cultural management, social policy and medical studies.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBurlington, VT
PublisherAshgate Publishing
Number of pages226
ISBN (Print)1472401050, 140944290X, 1409442896, 9781409442899, 9781472401052, 9781409442905
Publication statusPublished - May 2013

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Sociology
  • Social sciences


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