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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

About the Author

Molly Andrews is Professor of Political Psychology, and Codirector of the Centre for Narrative Research (www.uelac.uk/cnr/index.htm) at the University of East London. Her research interests includes political narratives, the psychological basis of political commitment, political identity, and patriotism. Corinne SQUIRE is Professor of Social Sciences and Co-Director, Centre for Narrative Research, at the University of East London, and Research Associate, University of the Witwatersrand. Her research interests are in subjectivities and popular culture, narrative theory and methods, HIV and citizenship, and refugee politics. Maria Tamboukou (BA, MA, PhD) is a professor of feminist studies at the University of East London, UK. Her research activity develops in the areas of philosophies and epistemologies in the social sciences, feminist theories, narrative analytics, and archival research. Writing feminist genealogies is the central focus of her work. She is the author of seven monographs and more than 70 journal articles and book chapters. Recent publications include the monographs Sewing, Writing and Fighting; Gendering the Memory of Work; Women Workers' Education as well as the coauthored the book The Archive Project.


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 *
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

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