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A method-in-practice: constructing longitudinal case histories

Rachel Thomson

in Unfolding lives

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420510
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304104 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420510.003.0002
A method-in-practice: constructing longitudinal case histories

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One of the aims of this book was to outline a method-in-practice and to illustrate how it is possible to construct in-depth case histories from a qualitative longitudinal archive. This chapter begins with a discussion of the biographical methodology, outlining the value and importance of biographical and longitudinal approaches and explaining how case histories can be formed from the data archive of repeat in-depth interviews. It also formulates some of the challenges faced by those working with repeat interviews, and explores the boundaries between primary and secondary analysis that marks longitudinal research. The chapter then outlines the design of the original Inventing Adulthoods study, before describing and evaluating the analytic strategies employed in producing the case histories presented from Chapters Four to Seven.

Keywords: method-in-practice; case histories; qualitative longitudinal archive; biographical methodology; biographical approaches; longitudinal approaches; case histories; in-depth interviews; Inventing Adulthoods

Chapter.  7038 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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