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Professor Joanna Bornat

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  • Visiting Formal Academic
  • Emeritus Professor
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
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Professional biography

Joanna Bornat is Emeritus Professor in oral history and was a member of the Faculty of Health and Social Care until she retired in 2009. She has a long-standing interest in oral history, ageing and old age. In relation to this, her research and publications include amongst other topics remembering in care settings, older people and intergenerational family relationships and the contribution of overseas trained doctors to the NHS with specific reference to the development of the geriatric specialty.

Her methodological interests lie in the implications of the re-use or secondary analysis of archived interviews and she has contributed to debates in this area. Linked to this is an interest in comparative oral history, spurred by her involvement in an international project, investigating religious and secular ceremonies recalled by older people in three European countries.

She has for many years been a trustee of the Oral History Society and is joint editor of the journal Oral History She is a founder member of the Centre for Ageing and Biographical Studies.

Since retirement she has continued her interest in oral history. She has taught on the annual Oral History Spring School at the Institute of Historical Research, since its inception in 2012 and has, with Professor Paul Thompson, revised his The Voice of the Past  for a fourth edition, published in Spring 2017. She has continued to work on oral history projects with former OU colleagues and with members of community groups. She is a member of the Black Trade Unionists Oral History Project and of Britain at Work and, with others, is exploring the biographies of First World War conscientious objectors in the London Borough of Haringey. 

Research interests

2007-9, Principal investigator, with Dr Bill Bytheway, 'The Oldest Generation', one of seven projects in Timescapes, ESRC funded qualitative longitudinal study (2007-12). She was also co-ordinator of the Secondary Analysis strand in the Timescapes project.

http://www.timescapes.leeds.ac.uk

2007-9, Principal investigator, with Dr Parvati Raghuram (OU Geography), 'The contribution of overseas trained south asian doctors to the development of the geriatric specialty', ESRC funded. Dr Leroi Henry was the research fellow on this project. All the interviews are deposited at UKData Service https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk and the British at: http://www.bl.uk/collection-guides/oral-histories-of-ethnicity-and-post-colonialism

2010 -11 Consultant for ‘Marking Transitions and Meaning across the Life Course: Older People's Memories of Religious and Secular Ceremonies in Eastern and Western Europe’ AHRC funded. Principal investigator, Professor Peter Coleman, University of Southampton.

2015-17 in preparation with Professor Ros Edwards (Southampton) and Professor Val Gillies (University of Westminster) an investigation into an aspect of the hidden history of mid-20th century community studies, the co option of wives into pioneering ethnographic studies associated with the Institute of Community Studies.

Teaching interests

During the time she was a member of the teaching staff in the Faculty of Health and Social Care she contributed to a number of Open University courses in the areas of ageing, community care, as well as generic courses in health and social care for care workers and nurses at different levels. She has also contributed to courses in the OU Faculty of Social Science and the Department of History.

Outside The Open University she has taught modules at undergraduate and MA level on life history and oral history methodologies at the Universities of London, Sussex and East London.

Publications

Oral history voicing differences: South Asian doctors and migration narratives (2014-07-26)
Bornat, Joanna; Raghuram, Parvati and Henry, Leroi
Economic and Political Weekly, 49(30) (pp. 60-66)
Revisiting the archives - opportunities and challenges: a case study from the history of geriatric medicine (2012-06-11)
Bornat, Joanna; Raghuram, Parvati and Henry, Leroi
Sociological Research Online, 17(2) (p 11)
Geriatric medicine and the management of transitions into old age: the hospital bed as a site of spatial practice (2011-12)
Bornat, Joanna; Raghuram, Parvati and Henry, Leroi
Area, 43(4) (pp. 430-437)
The making of careers, the making of a discipline: luck and chance in migrant careers in geriatric medicine (2011-06)
Bornat, Joanna; Henry, Leroi and Raghuram, Parvati
Journal of Vocational Behavior, 78(3) (pp. 342-350)
The co-marking of aged bodies and migrant bodies: migrant workers’ contribution to geriatric medicine in the UK (2011-02)
Raghuram, Parvati; Bornat, Joanna and Henry, Leroi
Sociology of Health & Illness, 33(2) (pp. 321-335)
Difference and distinction? Non-migrant and migrant networks (2010)
Raghuram, Parvati; Henry, Leroi and Bornat, Joanna
Sociology, 44(4) (pp. 623-641)
Perceptions and presentations of living with everyday risk in later life (2010)
Bornat, Joanna and Bytheway, Bill
British Journal of Social Work, 40(4) (pp. 1118-1134)
Remembering and reworking emotions: the reanalysis of emotion in an interview (2010)
Bornat, Joanna
Oral History, 38(2) (pp. 43-52)
Ethnic clustering among South Asian geriatricians in the UK: an oral history study (2009-12)
Raghuram, Parvati; Bornat, Joanna and Henry, Leroi
Diversity in Health and Care, 6(4) (pp. 287-296)
'Don't mix race with the specialty': interviewing South Asian overseas-trained geriatricians' (2009)
Bornat, Joanna; Henry, Leroi and Raghuram, Parvati
Oral History, 37(1) (pp. 74-84)
Tracking the lives of the oldest generation (2008-10)
Bornat, Joanna and Bytheway, Bill
Generations Review, 18(4) (no page numbers)
Biography as empowerment or appropriation: Research and practice issues (2008-05-28)
Bornat, Joanna and Walmsley, Jan
The Innovation Journal: The Public Sector Innovation Journal, 13(1) (p 6)
Women’s history and oral history: developments and debates (2007-02)
Bornat, Joanna and Diamond, Hanna
Women's History Review, 16(1) (pp. 19-39)
Recycling the evidence: different approaches to the reanalysis of gerontological data (2005-01)
Bornat, Joanna
Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 6(1 (Art)
The Constant Rediscovery of a Poem (2003)
Bornat, Joanna
Generations, 27(3) (pp. 89-93)
A Second take: revisiting interviews with a different purpose (2003)
Bornat, J.
Oral History, 31(1) (pp. 47-53)
Reminiscence and oral history: parallel universes or shared endeavour? (2001-03)
Bornat, Joanna
Ageing and Society, 21(2) (pp. 219-241)
Stepfamilies and older people: evaluating the implications of family change for an ageing population (1999-03)
Bornat, Joanna; Dimmock, Brian; Jones, David and Peace, Sheila
Ageing and Society, 19(2) (pp. 239-410)
"Without racism there would be no geriatrics": South Asian overseas-trained doctors and the development of Geriatric Medicine in the United Kingdom', 1950-2000 (2016)
Raghuram, Parvati; Bornat, Joanna and Henry, Leroi
In: Monnais, Laurence and Wright, David eds. Doctors beyond Borders: the transnational migration of physicians in the twentieth century (pp. 185-207)
ISBN : 978-1-4426-2961-5 | Publisher : University of Toronto Press | Published : Toronto
Introduction: The Future as a Topic in Ageing Research (2014)
Bornat, Joanna and Jones, Rebecca L.
In: Bornat, Joanna and Jones, Rebeccca L. eds. Imagining Futures: Methodological Issues for Research into Ageing. The Representation of Older People in Ageing Research Series (13) (pp. 1-11)
ISBN : 978 0 90413 914 3 | Publisher : Centre for Policy on Ageing
Remembering in late Lifer: generating individual and social change (2010)
Bornat, Joanna
In: Ritchie, Donald A. ed. The Oxford Handbook of Oral History. Oxford Handbooks in History (pp. 202-218)
ISBN : 978-0-19-533955-0 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : New York
'Kate': The constant rediscovery of a poem (2008-05)
Bornat, Joanna
In: Johnson, Julia and De Souza, Corinne eds. Understanding Health and Social Care (pp. 14-22)
ISBN : 978-1-84787-081-0 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK
Recycling the evidence: Different approaches to the reanalysis of elite life histories (2008-04)
Bornat, Joanna and Wilson, Gail
In: Edwards, Rosalind ed. Researching families and communities: Social and generational change (pp. 95-113)
ISBN : 978-0-415-42711-1 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London, UK
Biographical methods (2008-02)
Bornat, Joanna
In: Alasuutari, Pertti; Bickman, Leonard and Brannen, Julia eds. The Sage Handbook of Social Research Methods (pp. 344-356)
ISBN : 978-1-4129-1992-0 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK
Biography as empowering practice: lessons learned from research (2004-03-10)
Bornat, Joanna and Walmsley, Jan
In: Chamberlayne, Prue; Bornat, Joanna and Aptizsch, Ursula eds. Biographical methods and professional practice: an international perspective (pp. 221-236)
ISBN : 1861344929 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol, UK
Oral History (2004-01-18)
Bornat, Joanna
In: Seale, Clive; Gobo, Giampetro; Gubrium, Jaber F and Silverman, David eds. Qualitative Research Practice (pp. 34-47)
ISBN : 761947760 | Publisher : Sage Publications Ltd | Published : London, UK
Generational ties in the 'new' family: changing contexts for traditional obligations (1999)
Bornat, Joanna; Dimmock, B; Jones, D and Peace, Sheila
In: Silva, Elizabeth B. and Smart, Carol eds. The new family? (pp. 115-128)
ISBN : 9780761958567 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London
Imagining Futures: Methodological Issues for Research into Ageing (2014)
Bornat, Joanna and Jones, Rebecca eds.
The Representation of Older People in Ageing Research
ISBN : 978-0-90413-914-3 | Publisher : Centre for Policy on Ageing | Published : London
Oral History and Ageing (2010)
Bornat, Joanna and Tetley, Josie eds.
The Representation of Older People in Ageing Research Series
ISBN : 978-1-901097-16-0 | Publisher : Centre for Policy on Ageing | Published : London
Developments in direct payments (2006-01-11)
Leece, Janet and Bornat, Joanna eds.
ISBN : 1 86134 653 0 | Publisher : The Policy Press | Published : Bristol, UK
Biographical methods and professional practice: an international perspective (2004)
Chamberlayne, Prue; Bornat, Joanna and Apitzsch, Ursula eds.
ISBN : 1 86134 493 7 | Publisher : The Policy Press | Published : Bristol, UK
Understanding care, welfare and community: A reader (2002)
Bacigalupo, Vivien; Bornat, Joanna; Bytheway, Bill; Johnson, Julia and Spurr, Susan eds.
ISBN : 978-0-415-25860-9 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
The turn to biographical methods in social science: Comparative issues and examples (2000)
Chamberlayne, Prue; Bornat, Joanna and Wengraf, Tom eds.
ISBN : 978-0-415-22838-1 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London, UK

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