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Biographies, family histories and discursive psychology

Liz Forbat

in Talking about care

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346216
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303671 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346216.003.0003
Biographies, family histories and discursive psychology

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This chapter outlines a mix of biographical and discursive methods, showing how they can be used to look at people's accounts of their care relationships. It suggests a number of particularly useful tools to expand insight into exploring what works well within the relationship, and what the difficulties might be. Mixing biographical approaches with discourse analysis offers a way of understanding histories that does not prioritise beliefs or other internal cognitive states – since from a social constructionist/relativist stance these can never be known.

Keywords: care relationships; biographical methods; discursive analysis; social constructivism

Chapter.  11154 words. 

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