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‘I'd rather you ask me because I/I/I don't really know, you know’: The Dilemma of (Auto)Biographical Interviewing in Biographical Research

By: Delyth Edwards Published: 2014 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases
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As social researchers, we are expected to be methodical in our approach to researching social life. We ground ourselves in reading about the experience of other researchers. When I set upon my PhD, I thought I was prepared. I set out to examine the life (hi)stories of women who had grown up in a children's Home in Belfast during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Much of the research in the field of care looks at young people in care and care leavers, and the biographical approach has never been used to look at the experiences of adult care leavers from Northern Ireland. In my study, I used the (auto)biographical interview, and I asked my 12 participants to tell me their life story. The title of ...

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