Like all writing, biographies are interpretive. They require no less than organizing into text the chaos of human existence. Bringing in elements of postmodernism and interpretive social science, this work examines the biographical and autobiographical genres. It also outlines a fresh way in which biographies should be conceptualized and shaped.
Like all writing, biographies are interpretive. They require no less than organizing into text the chaos of human existence. In Interpretive Biography Denzin combines one of the oldest techniques in the social sciences and humanities with one of the newest. Bringing in elements of postmodernism and interpretive social science, he re-examines the biographical and autobiographical genres. In addition, the book outlines a new way in which biographies should be conceptualized and shaped.
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Norman K. Denzin, Distinguished Emeritus Research Professor of Communications, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of over 50 books and 200 professional articles and chapters. He is the past president of The Midwest Sociological Society and the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. He is the founding president of the International Association of Qualitative Inquiry (2005-) and director of the International Center of Qualitative Inquiry (2005-). He is a past editor of The Sociological Quarterly, founding coeditor of Qualitative Inquiry, and founding editor of Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies, International Review of Qualitative Research, and Studies in Symbolic Interaction: A Research Annual.
Table of Contents
Assumptions of the Method A Clarification of Terms Interpretive Guidelines Selves, Stories and Experiences In Conclusion Representing Lives
Interpretive Biography by Norman K. Denzin
Norman K. Denzin
Qualitative Research Methods
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