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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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Biography as empowering practice: lessons from research

Biography as empowering practice: lessons from research

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(p.220) (p.221) Fifteen Biography as empowering practice: lessons from research
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Biographical methods and professional practice
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Joanna Bornat

Jan Walmsley

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861344939.003.0015

This chapter explores the way of positioning biographical research and practice on a top-down/bottom-up matrix. It questions the claims for empowerment through biographical work. It does not suggest that any one positioning on the matrix is more or less desirable than the other. The chapter offers a matrix as a form of self-evaluation and reflection on research processes. In also considers issues such as ownership, power in research relationships, presentation, structure and process. Topics discussed include: the application of the research matrix; biography in top-down research; biography in bottom-up research; top-down practice; and bottom-up practice.

Keywords:   biographical research, biographical practice, top-down matrix, bottom-up matrix, claims for empowerment, biographical work, form of self-evaluation, form of reflection, ownership, power in research

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