Biographical research may take a range of forms and may vary in its application and approach but has the unified and coherent aim to give voice to individuals. The central concern of this collection is to assemble articles (from sociology, social psychology, education, health, criminology, social gerontology, epidemiology, management, and organizational research) that illustrate the full range of debates, methods and techniques that can be combined under heading biographical research.
Volume 1: Biographical Research: Starting Points, Debates and Approaches explores the different biographical methods currently used while locating these within the history of social science methods.
Volume 2: Biographical Interviews, Oral Histories and Life Narratives focuses on the more established, interview-based, biographical research methods and considers the analytical strategies used for interview-based biographical research
Volume 3: Forms of Life Writing: Letters, Diaries and Auto/Biography considers the value of data contained within letters, diaries and auto/biography and illustrates how this data has been analyzed to reveal biographies and their social context.
Volume 4: Other Documents of Life: Photographs, Cyber Documents and Ephemera focuses on the other human documents and objects, like photographs, cyber-documents (emails, blogs, social networking sites, webpages) and other ephemera (such as official documents) that are used extensively in biographical research.