Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Unfolding livesYouth, gender and change$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Rachel Thomson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420510

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420510.001.0001

Show Summary Details

A method-in-practice: constructing longitudinal case histories

A method-in-practice: constructing longitudinal case histories

(p.13) Two A method-in-practice: constructing longitudinal case histories
Unfolding lives

Rachel Thomson

Policy Press

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

Policy Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.