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Editorial: Biographical Methods in Migration Research

By THEODOROS IOSIFIDES and DEBORAH SPORTON

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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 domi-nance and associated views of social reality. After an initial interest to bio-graphical methods, which followed the edition of ‘The Polish Peasant in Europe and America (1919-1921)’ by Thomas and Znaniecki (1958), bio-graphical and generally qualitative research methods gave way to empiri-cist-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).Biographical methods; research practice

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