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Doing Narrative Research

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

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Molly Andrews is Professor of Political Psychology, and Co-director of the Centre for Narrative Research ( at the University of East London. Her research interests include the psychological basis of political commitment, psychological challenges posed by societies in transition to democracy, patriotism, conversations between generations, gender and aging, and counter-narratives. Her current research is on biographical and political change in former East Germany. She is the author of Lifetimes of Commitment: Aging, Politics, Psychology and Shaping History: Narratives of Political Change, both published by Cambridge University Press. Narratives of Everyday Life will be published by Oxford University Press in 2013. Corinne Squire is Professor of Social Sciences and Co-Director of the Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London. Her research interests are in HIV and citizenship, popular culture and subjectivities, and narrative theories and methods. Publications include What is Narrative Research? (Centre for Narrative Research, Bloomsbury, 2013), HIV Technologies in International Perspective (with Davis, Palgrave, 2010); HIV in South Africa (Routledge, 2007) and Public Emotions (with 6, Radstone and Treacher, Palgrave, 2006). Maria Tamboukou (BA, MA, PhD) is Professor of Feminist Studies, and co-director of the Centre for Narrative Research at the University of East London, UK. Her research activity develops in the areas of critical feminisms, auto/biographical narratives and neo-materialist analytics. Writing feminist genealogies is the central focus of her work. She is the author of four monographs and co-editor of three volumes on narrative and ethnographic research methods, including Doing Narrative Research, Beyond Narrative Coherence and Dangerous Encounters: Genealogy and Ethnography.


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 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 * DIEGESIS *

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