Biographical Methods and Professional Practice: An by Prue Chamberlayne, Joanna Bornat, Ursula Apitzsch

By Prue Chamberlayne, Joanna Bornat, Ursula Apitzsch

The flip to biographical tools in social technology is yielding a wealthy harvest of study results and invigorating the connection among coverage and perform. This publication makes use of more than a few interpretive techniques to bare the dynamics of carrier clients' and execs' person studies and life-worlds. It indicates how biographical tools can increase theoretical figuring out perform, in addition to improve the educational and improvement or execs, and advertise extra significant and artistic practitioner-service person relationships.Biographical equipment practice:reviews purposes of biographical tools in either coverage and perform in a number of expert contexts, from healthiness and social care to schooling and employment;explores the impression on proffesional perform of social switch in 3 major arenas: transformation from jap to Western different types of society in Europe, significant shifts in social and welfare ideas, stories of immigration and of recent cultural diversity;critically evaluates subjective and reflexive techniques in interactions among researchers, practitioners and clients of services;considers the institutional preparations and cultural contexts which supporteffective and delicate interventions and which aid and inspire switch within the lives of individuals.With contributions from major overseas specialists, it offers a necessary comparative standpoint. Researchers, coverage analysts and practitioners, postgraduate scholars, lecturers and running shoes will locate this e-book a stimulating learn.

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The focus on the structure of biographies turns the generalising assumptions and procedures of social science on their head, levering social policy away from its alignment with economics and politics, creating new affinities with psychoanalysis, anthropology and literary criticism. This realigning of disciplines is just one aspect of a paradigmatic shift (Kuhn, 1970) towards a new definition of politics and welfare democracy, a more differentiated and cultural approach to welfare resources, and a new set of relationships between public and private spheres.

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Cavarero,A. (2000) Relating narratives: Storytelling and selfhood, London: Routledge. Chamberlayne, P. and Curran, C. htm). Chamberlayne, P. and King, A. (2000) Cultures of care: Biographies of carers in Britain and the two Germanies, Bristol: The Policy Press. Chamberlayne, P. and Rustin, M. (1999) From biography to social policy, final report of the Sostris project, SOSTRIS Working Paper 9, London: Centre for Biography in Social Policy, University of East London. , Bornat, J. and Wengraf, T. (eds) (2000) The turn to biographical methods in social science, London: Routledge.

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