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Using life histories in psychology: A methodological guide

White, E, Uzzell, D, Räthzel, N and Gatersleben, B (2010) Using life histories in psychology: A methodological guide RESOLVE Working Paper Series (01-10). pp. 1-18.

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Life histories is an extremely rich qualitative methodology which is based on a tradition of storytelling and oral history which dates back thousands of years. It involves the telling of memories and experiences from right across the lifespan, from childhood, through key life events such as marriage and parenthood, to the present day. Its ability to highlight various attitudes, values, and behaviours, as well as to chart their progress and change across the lifespan, makes it an extremely valuable tool for the social sciences. This paper examines some key principles and methodological assumptions of life histories, and suggests some ways in which these differ from those of the dominant discourse in psychology, in order to help social scientists to better understand and apply this methodology within their own research. The support of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is gratefully acknowledged. This work is part of the interdisciplinary research programme of RESOLVE - the ESRC Research Group on Lifestyles, Values and the Environment.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Authors :
Räthzel, N
Date : 2010
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Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 13:49
Last Modified : 06 Jul 2020 17:46

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