Review: Prue Chamberlayne, Joanna Bornat & Tom Wengraf (Eds.) (2000). The Turn to Biographical Methods in Social Science: Comparative Issues and Examples

  • Mike Wrigley University of the West of England
Keywords: social research, biographical research, narrative


This is a book which will be of use to anyone who either wants to know the breadth of the uses to which biographical research can be, and has been, put. The editors have gathered together a number of internationally renowned biographical researchers and theorists to give examples of their research using such methods. It is well-written, easy to read, and is essential reading for all those wishing to pursue such research themselves. The examples are mainly from a West European, particularly German, perspective but this does not detract from their utility in other contexts. For those with a theoretical or practical interest in the breadth of biographically grounded research, then this book will provide much food for thought. For others, it will provide an exciting look into the world of biographical work and its wide possibilities. It deserves its place in the Routledge Social Research Today series of texts. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0204261


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Author Biography

Mike Wrigley, University of the West of England
Mike WRIGLEY is Senior Lecturer in Health Sciences at the University of the West of England. He is currently conducting research on the narratives of people who have left the care of mental health services. In a previous issue of FQS, Mike WRIGLEY contributed the review essay, Real Stories or Storied Realism? of Michele L. CROSSLEY's (2000) Introducing Narrative Psychology: Self, Trauma and the Construction of Meaning ( In the current issue he reviewed WENGRAF's Qualitative Research Interviewing (
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