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Narrative as Topic and Method in Social Research
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Narrative as Topic and Method in Social Research



November 2021 | 112 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Narrative research is an increasingly popular qualitative method across the social sciences. This book has two purposes: firstly to show students and researchers how to do research on narrative topics, particularly on questions about narrative productions of meaning, and secondly to explain some fundamentals of research methods suitable for exploring these topics. A final part of the book provides empirical examples of how such research is done. These chapters use small amounts of data to examine the analytic tasks of designing research questions, finding appropriate data, sampling decisions, contextualization, data categorization, and communicating study findings. 

 
Part I: Narrative as Research Topic
 
Chapter 1: Conceptualizing Narrative for Social Research
 
Chapter 2: Empirical Questions About Narrative
 
Part II: Narrative as Research Method
 
Chapter 3: Narrative Research Foundations
 
Chapter 4: Narrative Research Practices
 
Part III: Narrative Research Practice
 
Chapter 5: The Story Character of the “Deserving Poor”
 
Chapter 6: The Story of the “American Dream”
 
Chapter 7: The Story Character of the “Dreamer”
Key features
  • Develops a conceptual framework for treating narrative as a research topic.
  • Defines the kinds of questions about narrative that can be explored through empirical research.
  • Focuses on the epistemological foundation of narrative research and on the multiple practical issues raised by research questions about meaning.
  • Provides guidance on the practicalities of designing and implementing narrative research.
  • Offers empirical examples of how such research is done.

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