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Biographical methods in migration research
Biographical methods in migration research

Author(s): Theodoros Iosifides, Deborah Sporton
Subject(s): Methodology and research technology, Migration Studies
Published by: Transnational Press London
Keywords: Biographical methods; migration research; positivist; domination; biographical; narrative; migration;
Summary/Abstract: During the last decades, qualitative biographical/narrative methods gained a prominent position within the spectrum of social science methodology and research practice, mainly due to a reaction to the positivist-empiricist dominance and associated views of social reality. After an initial interest to biographical methods, which followed the edition of ‘The Polish Peasant in Europe and America(1919-1921)’ by Thomas and Znaniecki (1958), biographical and generally qualitative research methods gave way to empiricist-quantitative approaches and only since the end of 1960 the positivist domination begun to be unsettled (Halfacree and Boyle 1993; Findlay and Li 1997; Tsiolis 2006).

  • Page Range: 101-106
  • Page Count: 6
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Language: English