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Remembering research: memory and methodology in the social sciences

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posted on 24.06.2014, 13:20 authored by Emily KeightleyEmily Keightley
This article examines the conceptualisation and use of memory in the social sciences, both as a methodological tool and as an object of research. The article situates memory as a vast potential resource for the social sciences in the exploration of relations between public and private life, agency and power, and the past, present and future. It goes on to recognise that the methodological issues surrounding the use of memory have, with few exceptions, rarely received sustained attention. The article argues for, and moves towards, developing a coherent account of the variety of practical techniques of using memory in data collection and analysis, and their appropriate use within a clear epistemological framework which distinguishes itself from conventional historiography and it’s criteria of validity. It is argued that without this attention to method, memory will remain on the margins of social science research.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

Volume

13

Issue

1

Pages

55 - 70 (16)

Citation

KEIGHTLEY, E., 2010. Remembering research: memory and methodology in the social sciences. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 13 (1), pp. 55 - 70.

Publisher

© Taylor & Francis

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Publication date

2010

Notes

This article is closed access.

ISSN

1364-5579

Language

en