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Documentary & Archival Research

Documentary & Archival Research

Four Volume Set
Edited by:
  • Jason Hughes - University of Leicester, UK
  • John Goodwin - Professor, School of Media, Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester

March 2014 | 1 544 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This research tradition has arisen from a specific set of historical, disciplinary and institutional conditions. The very emergence of 'documentation' is predicated upon a set of long-term processes in which humans have developed the capacity to use symbols and store knowledge such that it can be exchanged and inter-generationally transmitted.Consisting of an impressive list of contributors, the four volumes discuss the history, development and current debates alive in the field, such as the biographical turn in social science, the theoretical underpinnings to using human documents in social research and the epistemological, substantive and practical concerns with the process of analyzing data from human documentary sources.Comprehensive, illuminating and dynamic, this collection will have appeal across all social science disciplines, especially sociology, social psychology, criminology, politics and international relations, management and business studies, human geography, media and communication studies

Volume One: Human Documents: Perspectives and Approaches
Volume Two: Analyzing Human Documents
Volume Three: Human Documents in Social Research
Volume Four: Archival Research and Data Re-Use
VOLUME ONE: Human Documents – Perspectives and Approaches
Basic Themes: Use, Production and Content

Lindsay Prior
An Appraisal of Thomas and Znaniecki’s The Polish Peasant in Europe and America

Herbert Blumer
Comment on Herbert Blumer’s Appraisal

Florian Znaniecki
Nomothetic and Idiographic uses

G. Allport
The Use of Personal Documents in Historical Sociology

Hyman Marianpolski and Dana Hughes
To the Letter: Thomas and Znaniecki’s the Polish Peasant and Writing a Life, Sociologically

Liz Stanley
For a Humanistic Way in Social Science

Ken Plummer
Evidence and Proof in Documentary Research: Part I – Some Specific Problems of Documentary Research

J. Platt
Evidence and Proof in Documentary Research: Part II – Some Shared Problems of Documentary Research

J. Platt
Biographical Turn in the Social Sciences? A British-European View

Tom Wengraf, Prue Chamberlayne and Joanna Bornat
Foucault and Critique: Kant, Humanism, and the Human Sciences

M. Olssen
Critical Humanism in a Post-Modern World

Ken Plummer
Assumptions of the Method

Norman Denzin
Autobiography and Biography

Brian Roberts
Auto/Biography and Sociology

Brian Roberts
The Social Science of Biographical Life-Writing: Some Methodological and Ethical Issues

Ann Oakley
Is There a Feminist Auto/Biography?

L. Stanley
Repositioning Documents in Social Research

Lindsay Prior
Historians and Oral History

P. Thompson
Constructing Credible Images: Documentary Studies, Social Research and Visual Studies

Jon Wagner
VOLUME TWO: Analysing Human Documents
Assessing Documentary Sources

John Scott
Analysing Documentary Realities

Paul Atkinson and Amanda Coffey
Doing Historical and Documentary Research

Ben Gidley
Content, Meaning and Reference

Lindsay Prior
An Introduction to Content Analysis

B. Berg and H. Lune
The Interpretation of Documents and Material Culture

Ian Hodder
Using Visual Methods and Documents

Jennifer Mason
The Interpretation of Pictures and the Documentary Method

Ralf Bohnsack
Comments on Elias’s “Scenes from the Life of a Knight”

Eric Dunning
How to Look at Family Photographs: Practices, Objects, Subjects and Places

G. Rose
Videography: Analysing Video Data as a “Focused” Ethnographic and Hermeneutical Exercise

Hubert Knoblauch and Bernt Schnettler
What Is Discourse Analysis?

B. Paltridge
Theoretical Background

Linda Wood and Rolf Kroger
Exploring Conversations about and with Documents

Tim Rapley
The Epistolarium: On Theorizing Letters and Correspondences

Liz Stanley
Analyzing Biographies and Narratives

G. Gibbs
Pearls, Pith, and Provocation: Ethical Issues in the Documentary Data Analysis of Internet Posts and Archives

Judith Sixsmith and Craig Murray
Sociology and, of and in Web 2.0: Some Initial Considerations

D. Beer and R. Burrows
Towards a Sociological Understanding of Social Media: Theorizing Twitter

Dhiraj Murthy
VOLUME THREE: Human Documents in Social Research
Methods of Field Research 2: Interviews as Conversation

R. Burgess
“DEAR RESEARCHER”: The Use of Correspondence as a Method within Feminist Qualitative Research

Gayle Letherby and Dawn Zdrodowski
Documents in Action I: Documents in Organisational Settings

Lindsay Prior
Documents in Action II: Making Things Visible

Lindsay Prior
The Journal Project: Research at the Boundaries between Social Sciences and the Arts

Judith Davidson
“Thanks for the Memory”: Memory Books as a Methodological Resource in Biographical Research

Rachel Thomson and Janet Holland
Imagining The Sociological Imagination: The Biographical Context of a Sociological Classic

John Brewer

M. Keen
Filling the Silences? Mass-Observations’s Wartime Diaries, Interpretive Work and Indexicality

Andrea Salter
Autoethnography and Therapy Writing on the Move

Jeannie Wright
Narratives of the Night: The Use of Audio Diaries in Researching Sleep

J. Hislop, S. Arber, R. Meadows and S. Venn
Making Use of Audio Diaries in Research with Young People: Examining Narrative, Participation and Audience

N. Worth
The Photograph in Theory

E. Chaplin
Picture This: Researching Child Workers

Angela Bolton, Christopher Pole and Phillip Mizen
Mourning the Family Album

Tahneer Oksman
Good Young Nostalgia: Camera Phones and Technologies of Self among Israeli Youths

Ori Schwarz
Digital Biography: Capturing Lives Online

Paul Longley Arthur
Celebrity Bio Blogs: Hagiography, Pathography, and Perez Hilton

Elizabeth Podnieks
‘My Vagina Makes Funny Noises’: Analyzing Online Forums to Assess the Real Sexual Health Concerns of Young People

A. Cohn and J. Richters
VOLUME FOUR: Archival Research
Behind the Scenes: Records and Archives

G. McCulloch
Secondary Analysis of Archived Data

Louise Corti and Paul Thompson
Secondary Analysis of Qualitative Data

Clive Seale
The Ordinariness of the Archive

Thomas Osborne

Mike Featherstone
The Archive, Disciplinarity, and Governing: Cultural Studies and the Writing of History

Craig Robertson
Ethical Problems in Archival Research: Beyond Accessibility

Pamela Innes
Archival Research as a Social Process

N. Lerner
Keeping the Conversation Going: The Archive Thrives on Interviews and Oral History

B. Lucas and M. Strain
Museums, the Sociological Imagination and the Imaginary Museum

Gordon Fyfe
Ilya Neustadt, Norbert Elias, and the Leicester Department: Personal Correspondence and the History of Sociology in Britain

John Goodwin and Jason Hughes
On Behaviour at the Table

Norbert Elias
On the Relationship between Literature and Sociology in the Work of Norbert Elias

Helmut Kuzmics
Extracts from Human Documents of the Industrial Revolution in Britain

E. Pike
Writing to the Archive: Mass-Observation as Autobiography

Dorothy Sheridan
Using the Mass-Observation Archive as a Source for Women’s Studies

Dorothy Sheridan
Research Methodology in Mass Observation Past and Present: “Scientifically, about as Valuable as a Chimpanzee’s Tea Party at the Zoo?

Annebella Pollen
Working-Class Identities in the 1960s: Revisiting the Affluent Worker Study

Mike Savage
Data and Archives: The Internet as Site and Subject

Fiona Gill and Catriona Elder
Recent Developments in Archiving Social Research

Louise Corti

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ISBN: 9781446210949