It will aim to be one of possibly the central contemporary international text in this field for social work researchers, bringing together in one volume the developments and debates that have been seen in recent years in peer reviewed journals, including the Sage journal Qualitative Social Work (founded and co-edited by one of us).

Traces and Deposits in Texts and Documents

Traces and Deposits in Texts and Documents

In this chapter we note and offer explanations for a return of critical and empirical interest in research based on traces and deposits, mainly but not only written. We take up much of the first half of the chapter in addressing the challenges and opportunities of such research. The examples given are deliberately of a very diverse kind.

We take the social work case record and social work archives as two fields that enable us to explore and contextualise the general themes.

While in much of the chapter we point to ways in which diverse forms of text and document pose comparable challenges, in the closing part of the chapter we distinguish and discuss ...

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