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Professor Joanna Bornat

Professor Joanna Bornat

Emeritus Professor

The Open University Faculty of Health & Social Care

Profile

Joanna Bornat 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 in connection 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 committee member of the Oral History Society and joint editor of the journal Oral History. She is a founder member of the Centre for Ageing and Biographical Studies.

She is a member of the advisory panel of ‘Australian generations: oral history, memory and everyday lives’, Australian Research Council funded project (start date 2011 for four years).

She is an associate editor of Families, Relationships and Societies, a co-operating editor of Historical Social Research/Historische Sozialforschung and a member of the editorial advisory board of Memo.

Qualifications

BA Sociology, University of Leeds, 1965

PhD, Sociology, University of Essex, 1980

Teaching Interests

She has 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 history department.

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.

Current Research Projects

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 is also co-ordinator of the Secondary Analysis strand in the Timescapes project.

http://www.open.ac.uk/hsc/research/research-projects/the-oldest-generation/home.php

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.

http://www.open.ac.uk/hsc/research/research-projects/geriatric-medicine/home.php

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.

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/mrasc/

Publications

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

Other Interests

PUBLICATIONS:

Books (since 2000):

Bornat, J., Perks, R., Thompson, P. and Walmsley, J. (2000) Oral History, Health and Welfare, London, Routledge

Chamberlayne, P., Bornat, J. and Wengraf, T. (2000) The Turn to Biographical Methods in Social Science, London, Taylor and Francis/Routledge.

Chamberlayne, P., Bornat, J. and Apitzsch, U. (eds) (2004) Biographical Methods in Professional Practice, Bristol, Policy Press

Leece, D & Bornat, J(eds) (2006) Developments in Direct Payments, Bristol, Policy Press


Recent selected articles and book chapters (since 2005)

Bornat, J. (2002) ’Reminiscence and oral history: some comparisons across parallel universes’, in Webster, J.D. and Haight, B.K. Critical Advances in Reminiscence Work, New York, Springer, pp. 33–43.

Bornat, J. (2002) ’Doing life history research’, in Jamieson, A. and Victor, C. Researching Ageing and Later Life: the practice of social gerontology, Buckingham, Open University Press. ??

Bornat, J. (2003) ’A second take: revisiting interviews with a different purpose’, Oral History, Vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 47–53

Bornat, J. (2003) ’"Kate": the constant rediscovery of a poem’, Generations, xxvii, No. 3, pp. 89–93. ??

Bornat, J. (2004) ’Oral History’, in Seale, C., Gobo, G., Gubrium, J.F. and Silverman, D. (eds) Qualitative Research Practice, London, Sage, pp. 34–47. ??

Bornat, J. (2005) ’Listening to the past’, in Johnson, M., Bengtson, V.L., Coleman, P. and Kirkwood, T. (eds) The Cambridge Handbook of Age and Ageing, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Bornat, J. (2005 January) ‘Recyling the Evidence: Different Approaches to the Reanalysis of Gerontological Data [37 paragraphs]’, Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Social Research [On-line Journal], 6(1), Art. 42. ??

Bornat, J and Diamond, H (2007) 'Women's history and oral history-developments and debates', Women’s History Review, vol 16, no 1, pp 19-39.

Bornat, J (2008) 'Biographical Methods', in P. Alusatarri, J. Brannen & M. Bickman, Handbook of Social Research Methods, London, Sage.

Bornat, J & Wilson, G (2008) 'Recycling the evidence: different approaches to the reanalysis of elite life histories' in R. Edwards, (ed) Family, Community and Social Change, London, Routledge.

Bornat, J (2010) ‘Remembering in Late Life: Generating individual and social change’, in Donald Ritchie (ed) The Oxford Handbook to Oral History, New York: Oxford University Press.

Bornat, J, Henry, L & Raghuram, L, (2009) ‘”Don’t mix race with the specialty’: interviewing South Asian geriatricians’, Oral History, 38, 1, pp 74-84

Raghuram, P, Bornat, J & Henry L (2009) ‘Ethnic clustering among South Asian geriatricians in the UK: an oral history study’, Diversity in Health and Care, 6: 287-96

Bornat, J, Henry, L & Raghuram, L, (2009) ‘”Don’t mix race with the specialty’: interviewing South Asian geriatricians’, Oral History, 38, 1, pp 74-84

Raghuram, P, Bornat, J & Henry L (2009) ‘Ethnic clustering among South Asian geriatricians in the UK: an oral history study’, Diversity in Health and Care, 6: 287-96

Bornat, J & Bytheway, B (2010) ‘Perceptions and Presentations of Living with Everyday Risk in Later Life’, British Journal of Social Work, 40: 1118-1134.

Raghuram, P, Henry, L & Bornat, J, (2010) ‘Difference and distinction? Non-migrant and migrant networks', Sociology, 44, 4: 623-641

Bornat, J & Bytheway (2010) ‘Late life reflections on the downturn: perspectives from The Oldest Generation’, 21st Society, 5, 2: 183-192.

Raghuram, P, Bornat, J & Henry, L (2010) ‘The co-marking of aged bodies and migrant bodies: migrant workers’ contribution to geriatric medicine in the UK’, Sociology of Health and Illness, 33, 2: 321-335

Bornat, J (2010) ‘Remembering and reworking emotions: the reanalysis of emotion in an interview’, Oral History, 38,2:43-52

Bornat, J, Raghuram, P & Henry, L (2011) ‘Geriatric medicine and the management of transitions into old age: the hospital bed as a site of spatial practice’, Area, 43, 1 doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2010.00981.x .

Bornat, J (2010) ‘Remembering and reworking emotions: the reanalysis of emotion in an interview’, Oral History, 38,2:43-52

Bornat, J, Henry, L & Raghuram, P (2011) ‘The Making of Careers, the Making of a Discipline: Luck and Chance in Migrant Careers in Geriatric Medicine’, Journal of Vocational Behavior, doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2011.03.015