Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781861344939 Published March 2004 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781861344922 Published March 2004 For sale in North and South America only

Biographical methods and professional practice

An international perspective

Prue Chamberlayne, Joanna Bornat, and Ursula Apitzsch

Biographical methods and professional practice
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Prue Chamberlayne, Joanna Bornat, and Ursula Apitzsch

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

352 pages
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781861344939 Published March 2004 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781861344922 Published March 2004 For sale in North and South America only
The turn to biographical methods in social science is yielding a rich harvest of research outcomes and invigorating the relationship between policy and practice. This book uses a range of interpretive approaches to reveal the dynamics of service users' and professionals' individual experiences and life-worlds. It shows how biographical methods can improve theoretical understanding of professional practice, as well as enrich the learning and development or professionals, and promote more meaningful and creative practitioner-service user relationships.Biographical methods and professional practice:reviews applications of biographical methods in both policy and practice in a range of professional contexts, from health and social care to education and employment;explores the impact on proffesional practice of social change in three main arenas: transformation from Eastern to Western types of society in Europe, major shifts in social and welfare principles, experiences of immigration and of new cultural diversity;critically evaluates subjective and reflexive processes in interactions between researchers, practitioners and users of services;considers the institutional arrangements and cultural contexts which supporteffective and sensitive interventions and which support and encourage change in the lives of individuals.With contributions from leading international experts, it provides a valuable comparative perspective. Researchers, policy analysts and practitioners, postgraduate students, teachers and trainers will find this book a stimulating read.
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