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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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Narratives, community organisations and pedagogy

Narratives, community organisations and pedagogy

(p.284) (p.285) Nineteen Narratives, community organisations and pedagogy
Biographical methods and professional practice

Rosemary Du Plessis

Jane Higgins

Belinda Mortlock

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This chapter focuses on three categories of narratives: stories about teaching a social research course; student's stories about their practice as researchers; and the stories of forty-two women and men working for the community. These stories emerged from a teaching programme in which final-year sociology students are involved in biographical research. This chapter shows how, by such community-based teaching, they generate sociological understanding of community organisations as ‘relational settings’, in which personal lives intersect with gender constructs, and with shifts in welfare funding and policy discourse, and how this impacts on all concerned. Topics discussed herein are: biography, social practice and community organisations; generating life stories; stories of community work; stories of research practice; and an assessment of biographical methods and pedagogical practice.

Keywords:   categories of narratives, stories about teaching, student's stories, women, biographical research, community-based teaching, sociological understanding, community organisations, relational settings, personal lives

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