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Making Meaning of Narratives
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Making Meaning of Narratives

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April 1999 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The most challenging aspect of narrative research is to find and select stories that go beyond "a good story" to some kind of wider, theoretical meaning or implication. How can we know what is good work in narrative research if there are no methodological commandments? How can nonlinear concepts, such as persuasiveness, credibility, and insightfulness be measured? Exploring these provocative questions, the contributors to this volume examine such issues as the various guides to doing qualitative research, how scholars from two different disciplines (psychology and literature) respond to an analysis of several autobiographies that were published and analyzed by a third scholar, how to make meaning of narrative interviews by considering the problem of interpreting what is not said, how cultural meanings and values (particularly about gender) are transmitted across generations, the transformational power of stories within social organizations and the use of these stories as an agent of change, and more. The papers in this volume come from five countries (United States, Finland, Holland, Israel, and England) and five disciplines (criminology, literature studies, nursing, psychology, and sociology). These chapters will spur and support the quest for understanding through narrative and reflect the many ways to approach this type of research.


Ruthellen Josselson
Introduction
June Price
In Acknowledgment
A Review and Critique of Qualitative Research Techniques  
Paul John Eakin
Autobiography and the Value Structures of Ordinary Experience
Marianne Gullestad's Everyday Life Philosophers  
Harriet Bjerrum Nielsen
`Black Holes' as Sites for Self-Constructions
Annie G Rogers et al
An Interpretive Poetics of Languages of the Unsayable
Wendy Holloway and Tony Jefferson
Gender, Generation, Anxiety, and the Reproduction of Culture
Beverly Mizrachi
The Recruitment of Women into the Academic Elite in Israel
Anna's Narrative  
Tineke A Abma
Powerful Stories
The Role of Stories in Sustaining and Transforming Professional Practice within a Mental Hospital  
Barbara Crowther
Writing as Performance
Young Girls' Diaries  
Dora Shu-fang Dien
Ding Ling and Miss Sophie's Diary
A Psychobiographical Study of Adolescent Identity Formation  
Elina Haavio-Mannila and J P Roos
Love Stories in Sexual Autobiographies

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