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dc.contributor.author Gardner, Graham
dc.date.accessioned 2008-12-15T09:24:50Z
dc.date.available 2008-12-15T09:24:50Z
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.identifier.citation Gardner , G 2001 , ' Unreliable memories and other contingencies: problems with biographical knowledge ' Qualitative Research , vol 1 , no. 2 , pp. 185-204 . , 10.1177/146879410100100205 en
dc.identifier.issn 1741-3109
dc.identifier.other PURE: 95372
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1597
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1597
dc.identifier.uri http://qrj.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/1/2/185 en
dc.description Gardner, Graham, (2001) 'Unreliable memories and other contingencies: problems with biographical knowledge', Qualitative Research 1(2) pp.185-204 RAE2008 en
dc.description.abstract This article addresses two concerns that are central to much of the qualitative research currently ongoing in both the social sciences and other fields of social research: the status awarded to biographical knowledges and, associatively, how such knowledges are dealt with in concrete research. The first section calls attention to the unreliability of memory in order to cast doubt on the veracity of lay actors' accounts and thus question their position in social research. The second section, taking up this challenge, addresses a number of critical issues related to both the theoretical and the empirical status of biographical knowledges in qualitative research. Foremost of these are how both 'ignorance' and the dynamic nature of memory are integral to the construction and reconstruction of biographical knowledge. The methodological considerations that arise from this discussion are then considered more explicitly. The article seeks to provoke, rather than foreclose, critical thought and debate. en
dc.format.extent 20 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Qualitative Research en
dc.subject biography en
dc.subject epistemology en
dc.subject memory en
dc.subject qualitative en
dc.subject reflexivity en
dc.title Unreliable memories and other contingencies: problems with biographical knowledge en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/146879410100100205
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences en
dc.contributor.institution New Political Geographies en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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