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Using Narrative in Research

Using Narrative in Research

October 2011 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Serving as an introduction to narrative methods and narrative analysis, Christine Bold's new book provides students, researchers, and other professionals with an introduction to the theory and practice of narrative approaches in research. This book provides clear coverage of the informing theories and principles that underpin narrative traditions and offers the reader guidance on the main methods of collecting and analyzing narrative data.

This book does everything that a methods book needs to do. It is practical, yet sets out the theory and history behind the approach, and it looks explicitly at design, ethics, data gathering, data analysis and writing as an ongoing process of narrative research. Bold's text deals comprehensively with conceptual issues within narrative research and is driven throughout by a range of real research specific examples of narrative analysis in action.

This is an ideal text for any student, researcher or professional interested in understanding and using narrative in research and analysis; it practical, example-driven coverage is ideally suited to those new to the field.

Narrative Beginnings
Autobiography, Biography and Fiction

What Is Narrative?
Designing Research Projects with a Narrative Approach
Ethics and a Narrative Approach
Narrative Thinking
Provoking and Sustaining Reflective Thought

Collecting Narrative Data
Analyzing Narrative Data
Representative Constructions in Narrative Analysis
Reporting Narrative Research

My experience of getting politicians to heed research findings taught me the power of the killer statistic and the good anecdote. So a book that seemingly would explain the latter - albeit dressed up as 'narrative' - had an appeal. But Bold here offers more than that...And it must be admitted that most of her own experience, and the examples she uses to support her argument, relate to research on professional practice and/or by practitioners...That makes the book all the more relevant to social research.
William Solesbury
SRA News

Great text for those undertaking narrative research at the end of their UG degree

Dr Chelle Oldham
School of Education, Glasgow University
November 16, 2020

A good entry level text that acts as an introduction to narrative research; good range of practical applications too.

Mrs Linzi McKerr
Education , Worcester University
February 10, 2016

This book represents a handbook on how to tell a story using evidence-based information.

Miss Josephine NwaAmaka Bardi
Department of Health Studies, University of East London
January 25, 2016

A very interesting read which provides a useful insight into Narrative Research

Dr Colin Howard
Institute of Education, Worcester University
July 23, 2015

This book is fine, but not as useful as others.

Mrs Tania Wiseman
School of Health Professions, Brighton University
February 26, 2015

Clearly written and structured text containing lots of examples, tailored towards analysing narratives in education. Not particularly suitable for teaching narrative research to communication and public relations students, even though I quite liked its scholarly approach.

Dr Liz Yeomans
Communications , Leeds Metro Univ.
September 16, 2014

This invaluable text supports the researcher who is using this method every step of the way. The book explains the journey of using narrative research with useful examples of the process.

Ms Jane Harris
Midwifery and Reproductive Health, Universtity of Chester
March 20, 2014

The book is clear and informative for researchers using narrative research. It provides useful detailed information which is easy to understand to the theory and practice. I liked the real-life examples.

Ms Eva Mikuska
Childhood Studies (Bishop Otter), Chichester University
December 12, 2013

Good knowledge base for effectively writing up a research story.

Mrs Jackie Adamson
School of Computing, Engineering & IS, Northumbria University
December 6, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

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