Life Story Interview

ISBN-10: 076190428X

ISBN-13: 9780761904281

Edition: 1998

Authors: Robert Atkinson

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In this volume Atkinson shows the qualitative researcher how to prepare and conduct meaningful life story interviews and also places the life story interview in the wider research context. He deals with the issues of transciption and interpretation.
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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/6/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 104
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Robert Atkinson (Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development, University of Pennsylvania) has been on the faculty of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Southern Maine since 1987. His primary areas of teaching and scholarship are cross-cultural human development, multiple identities, culture, diversity, and consciousness, adolescent development, adulthood and psychospiritual development, and life stories, personal mythmaking, and storytelling. He is the director of the Center for the Study of Lives at USM, which has a growing archive of over 400 life stories, and recently served a two-year appointment (2002-2004) as the first Diversity Scholar for CEHD. In fall 2002, he was a faculty member in the Semester at Sea program of the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author, co-author, or editor of six books, including: The Beat of My Drum: An Autobiography, with Babatunde Olatunji (Temple University Press, 2005); The Life Story Interview (Sage, 1998); The Gift of Stories: Practical and Spiritual Applications of Autobiography, Life Stories, and Personal Mythmaking ( Greenwood, 1995); and, The Teenage World: Adolescent Self-Image in Ten Countries (Plenum, 1988). He has written over two dozen articles and essays for various magazines, journals, and reference works.

Contexts And Uses Of Life Stories
Stories in Context
The Life Story in Disciplinary Context
What a Life Story Is
The Classic Functions of Stories
The Research Uses of Life Stories
Generating Data from a Life Story
The Art and Science of Life Story Interviewing
Planning The Interview
The Potential Benefits of Sharing a Life Story
Basic Interview Guidelines
The Morals of the Story
Doing The Interview
Getting the Information You Want
Questions To Ask
Interpreting The Interview
Transcription
Interpretation
Conclusion
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