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Using Documentary Analysis to Reveal Narratives of Mothering

Kelly, Nancy (2002) Using Documentary Analysis to Reveal Narratives of Mothering. In: Narrative, Memory and Life Transitions. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 189-197.

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      This paper will outline a piece of research that did not aim primarily to use a
      narrative approach or to rely upon narrative inquiry. The initial focus of the
      research was concerned with using documentary analysis in order to
      investigate whether or not an integrated model of individual and group decision
      making processes (Whyte, 1989; 1991) could be used to explain and predict
      decision making in cases of child protection in the UK. The research involved
      using a ‘background concept’ (Layder, 1993) in order to analyse child death
      inquiry documents and documents relating to ongoing cases in child protection
      within a local UK health authority. However what emerged from the research
      appeared to be the way in which documentary analysis could reveal instances
      where community and cultural narratives with regard to mothering had impact
      upon the decision making processes of individuals and groups.

      Item Type: Book Chapter
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      Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
      H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
      B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
      Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences > Narrative and Memory Research Group > Narrative and Memory Research Group Annual Conference
      School of Human and Health Sciences
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      Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
      Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2009 10:36
      Last Modified: 30 Jul 2010 14:20


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