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Biographical methods and professional practice: An international perspective

Prue Chamberlayne


The turn to biographical methods in social science is yielding a rich harvest of research outcomes and invigorating the relationship between policy and practice. This book uses a range of interpretive approaches to reveal the dynamics of service users' and professionals' individual experiences. It shows how biographical methods can improve theoretical understanding of professional practice, as well as enrich the learning and development of professionals, and promote more meaningful and creative practitioner-service user relationships. The book reviews applications of biographical methods in bo ... More

Keywords: social science, health care, social care, education, employment, social change, welfare principles, immigration, cultural diversity, researchers

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9781861344939
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861344939.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Prue Chamberlayne, author

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Part One: Putting the subject into policy and practice

Part Two: Subjectivity in context

Part Three: Self-awareness in research and practice

Part Four: Recognising trajectories of disempowerment

Part Five: Biographical resources in education and training

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