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Doing Narrative Research

Doing Narrative Research

Second Edition
Edited by:

August 2013 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Written by an international team of experts in the field, the second edition of this popular text considers both the theoretical underpinnings and practical applications of narrative research. The authors take the reader from initial decisions about forms of narrative research, through more complex issues of reflexivity, interpretation and the research context. Existing chapters have been updated to reflect changes in the literature and new chapters from eminent narrative scholars in Europe, Australia and the United States have been added on a variety of topics including narratives and embodiment, visual narratives, narratives and storyworlds, new media narratives and Deleuzian perspectives in narrative research. 

This book will be invaluable for all students, researchers and academics looking to use narrative methods in their own social research.

List of Contributors
Maria Tamboukou and Molly Andrews, Corinne Squire
Introduction: What is Narrative Research?
Wendy Patterson
Narratives of Events: Labovian Narrative Analysis and its Limitations
Corinne Squire
From Experience-Centred to Socioculturally-Oriented Approaches to Narrative
Ann Phoenix
Analysing Narrative Contexts
Maria Tamboukou
A Foucauldian Approach to Narratives
Gerrit Loots, Kathleen Coppens and Jasmina Sermijn
Practising a Rhizomatic Perspective in Narrative Research
Lars-Christer Hydén
Bodies, Embodiment and Stories
Susan E Bell
Seeing Narratives
Mark Davis
Doing Research 'On and Through' New Media Narrative
David Herman
Approaches to Narrative Worldmaking
Phillida Salmon and Catherine Kohler Riessman
Looking Back on Narrative Research: An Exchange
Molly Andrews
Never the Last Word: Revisiting Data
Margareta Hydén
Narrating Sensitive Topics
Paul Gready
The Public Life of Narratives: Ethics, Politics, Methods
Catherine Kohler Riessman
Concluding Comments
Jens Brockmeier
Afterword: The Monkey Wrenches of Narrative

Written by an international and interdisciplinary team of experts in the field of narrative research, the anthology demonstrates theoretical, methodological and practical issues of narrative research. This volume can be an invaluable resource for understanding what is narrative research, how we do this and what narrative does to our lives.

Rumana Hashem
University of East London

Doing Narrative Research is a wonderful introduction for anyone not familiar with the current interests of a broad range of social scientists and fieldworkers or the methodological and theoretical foundations at the heart of those interests. To undertake seriously the kinds of theoretical introspection urged here would, I am sure, expand the horizons of oral history analysis and enrich our understanding of what it is we do.

Ronald Grele, Columbia University
Oral History Review

Excellent user friendly book which captures the subject matter on Narrative Research in a holistic manner.

Ms Val Sylvester
School of Social Work, Birmingham City University
June 16, 2015

New chapters on topics including:  

  • narratives and embodiment
  • visual narratives
  • narratives and storyworlds
  • new media narratives
  • Deleuzian perspectives in narrative research. 

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction: What is Narrative Research?

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