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Liz Forbat

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346216

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346216.001.0001

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Biographies, family histories and discursive psychology

Biographies, family histories and discursive psychology

(p.41) two Biographies, family histories and discursive psychology
Talking about care

Liz Forbat

Policy Press

This chapter outlines a mix of biographical and discursive methods, showing how they can be used to look at people's accounts of their care relationships. It suggests a number of particularly useful tools to expand insight into exploring what works well within the relationship, and what the difficulties might be. Mixing biographical approaches with discourse analysis offers a way of understanding histories that does not prioritise beliefs or other internal cognitive states – since from a social constructionist/relativist stance these can never be known.

Keywords:   care relationships, biographical methods, discursive analysis, social constructivism

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