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Biographical methods and professional practiceAn international perspective$
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Prue Chamberlayne

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344939

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344939.001.0001

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The biographical turn in health studies

The biographical turn in health studies

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(p.164) (p.165) Eleven The biographical turn in health studies
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Biographical methods and professional practice
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Wendy Rickard

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861344939.003.0011

This chapter provides an overview of existing biographical methods in health studies. The focus comes from the author's own efforts over the past few years to draw together a picture of some potentialities, challenges and possibilities of using biographical methods in health studies, both in research with marginalised groups and individuals, and in university teaching. This chapter came initially from the British oral history work in two different but highly politicised areas of HIV and AIDS, and prostitution work that the author undertook as a health promotion practitioner. Hence, in broad terms, the focus of this chapter is on oral history, life history and narrative approaches. Discussion in this chapter includes: the rise of biographical methods in health; the contribution of biographical methods in health; inherent tensions in the usage of biographical methods in health studies; interdisciplinary dialogue between professionals working in health disciplines and non-related-health fields; biographical approaches as therapeutic intervention; and health databases.

Keywords:   biographical methods, health studies, oral history, life history, narrative approaches, health, interdisciplinary dialogue, biographical approaches

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