Approaches to Narrative Research

Squire, Corinne (2008) Approaches to Narrative Research. Discussion Paper. N/A. (Unpublished)



This paper outlines major social research perspectives on narrative, and proposes a pragmatics of narrative research. Narratives are an increasingly popular focus of social research. The paper critically examines narrative focuses, from the microlevel of event narratives, through narratives of experience, to larger cultural narratives. It investigates methods that address narrative syntax, meanings, and contexts. It looks at ethics; data selection, gathering, transcribing and analysis; and the drawing of local and more general conclusions from narrative research. It also explores the theoretical assumptions operating, often implicitly, within narrative research perspectives. As well as drawing on key research texts in the field, the paper uses examples from the author’s interview studies of people’s stories of living with HIV. The paper ends with some study questions, and a list of primary readings.

Item Type:Working Paper (Discussion Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:story, narrative, event, experience, language, identity, culture, HIV, NCRMpublication
Subjects:2. Data Collection > 2.12 Data Collection (other)
4. Qualitative Data Handling and Data Analysis > 4.5 Narrative Methods
4. Qualitative Data Handling and Data Analysis > 4.23 Qualitative Approaches (other)
7. ICT and Software > 7.1 Qualitative Software
8. Research Management and Impact > 8.3 Research Ethics
ID Code:419
Deposited By: NCRM users
Deposited On:05 Dec 2008 18:02
Last Modified:12 Oct 2010 17:37

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