A history of biographical research in the United Kingdom

Barbara Merrill, Linden West

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Biograpahical researchers in the United Kingdom have been influenced by symbolic interactionism, feminism, oral history, critical sociology, psychoanalysis and what we term an auto/biographical imagination. The latter involves reflexively situating the researcher and her influence, via power, unconscious processes and writing, into the text and by acknowledgeing the co-construction of stories. The focus of much research has been on marginalised peoples, as part of a democratising project to bring more diverse voices and stories into the historical or contemporary social record. It is important to avoid too rigid a distinction between mainland Europe and developments in Britain. Collaboration and dialogue have been extensive, across various research networks, including in the European Society for Research in the Education of Adults (ESREA).


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Auto/biography; Marginality;Psychosocial;Class; Gender and subjectivity;

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.31892/rbpab2525-426X.2018.v3.n9.p765-780

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