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Unfolding livesYouth, gender and change$
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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

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A method-in-practice: constructing longitudinal case histories

A method-in-practice: constructing longitudinal case histories

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

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420510.003.0002

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

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