Researching the Lifecourse: Critical Reflections from the Social Sciences

Researching the Lifecourse: Critical Reflections from the Social Sciences


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This book focuses on one of the most useful perspectives in social sciences: the lifecourse. It offers a distinctive approach to the topic, aiming to truly cover the whole of the lifecourse, focusing on innovative methods and case studies from Europe and North America to connect theory and practice across the social sciences. Featuring methods that are linked to questions of time, space, and mobilities, it offers both rich methodologies and practical details for those working in the social sciences as researchers or practitioners.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781447317524
Publisher: Bristol University Press
Publication date: 09/15/2015
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Nancy Worth is a Banting Fellow in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences at McMaster University in Canada. Irene Hardill is professor of public policy and director of the Centre for Civil Society and Citizenship at Northumbria University.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Nancy Worth & Irene Hardill

Part I: Time
Time and the lifecourse: perspectives from qualitative longitudinal research - Bren Neale
Time in mixed methods longitudinal research: working across written narratives and large-scale panel survey data to investigate attitudes to volunteering - Rose Lindsey, Elizabeth Metcalfe & Rosalind Edwards
A restudy of young workers from the 1960s: researching intersections of work and lifecourse in one locality over 50 years - John Goodwin & Henrietta O’Connor
A method for collecting lifecourse data: assessing the utility of the lifegrid - Ann Del Bianco

Part II: Space & place
Life geohistories: examining formative experiences and geographies - Bisola Falola
Using mapmaking to research the geographies of young children affected by political violence - Bree Akesson
Keeping in touch: studying the personal communities of women in their fifties - Sophie Bowlby
Triangulation with softGIS in lifecourse research: situated action possibilities and embodied knowledge - Kaisa Schmidt-Thomé

Part III: Mobilities
Using a life history approach within transnational ethnography: a case study of Korean New Zealander returnees - Jane Yeonjae Lee
Sensing sense and mobility at the end of the lifecourse: a methodology of embodied interaction - Anne Leonora Blaakilde
Event history approach to life spaces in French-speaking research - Françoise Dureau, Matthieu Giroud & Christophe Imbert
Using an intersectional lifecourse approach to understand the migration of the highly skilled - Melissa Kelly

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