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Ethics and Process in the Narrative Study of Lives

Ethics and Process in the Narrative Study of Lives

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March 1996 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
"In taking up the topic of ethics and narrative inquiry, The Narrative Study of Lives rightfully establishes itself as the site where the most critical theoretical, methodological, and interpretive work on narrative in the human disciplines is now occurring. The editor and the contributors to this volume are to be thanked for their deeply probing, forward-looking analyses of the ethical problems that arise when researchers produce narratives about persons with whom close personal relationships have been formed." --Norman K. Denzin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign "All of us who work with life-history narratives are grateful to Dr. Josselson and her colleagues for moving us step-by-step toward a discipline with definable ethics and methodology, and at the same time holding up for us the incredible diversity of the field and the range of insights it offers." --Mary Catherine Bateson, author of Peripheral Visions The most significant truths about human beings are to be found in the stories of their lives. But what happens to those stories and to the people whose lives are told when a researcher seeks to make those stories known? Ruthellen Josselson has assembled an international cast of scholars to reflect on the process of life-narrative study and the ethical dilemmas that face researchers whose very mode of narrative inquiry may inevitably involve a violation of another and unwittingly lead to a sense of betrayal, shame, or guilt. In these disarmingly candid and engaging essays, narrative researchers of many different stripes talk about the morally delicate and epistemologically precarious enterprise of telling another's story. The authors raise fascinating questions about who ultimately controls the tellings, what happens to stories once they are told, and why stories influence not only the people whose lives are told but also the tellers themselves, whose own professional and personal lives may even be captured by or appropriated into the stories they are aiming to tell. This exceptional volume, the latest in The Narrative Study of Lives series, is essential for researchers, professionals, and students in research methods, including qualitative methods, developmental psychology, education, relationships, and language and discourse analysis.

Ruthellen Josselson
David Bakan
Some Reflections about Narrative Research and Hurt and Harm
Dan Bar-On
Ethical Issues in Biographical Interviews and Analysis
Terri Apter
Expert Witness
Who Controls the Psychologist's Narrative

Susan Chase
Personal Vulnerability and Interpretive Authority
Ruthellen Josselson
On Writing Other People's Lives
Self-Analytic Reflections of a Narrative Researcher

Pirkko Graves
Narrating a Psychoanalytic Case Study
Gail Agronick and Ravenna Helson
Who Benefits from an Examined Life? Correlates of Influence Attribted to Participation in a Longitudinal Study
Richard Ochberg
Interpreting Life Stories
Gwyndolyn Etter-Lewis
Telling from Behind Her Hand
African American Women and the Process of Documenting Concealed Lives

Melvin Miller
Ethics and Understanding through Interrelationships
I Am Thou in Dialogue

Yoram Bilu
The Resurrection of Rabbi Ya'acov Wazana
The Dialectics of Life, Story, and After Life

Amia Lieblich
Some Unforeseen Outcomes of Conducting Narrative Research with People of One's Own Culture
Scott Webster
A Historian's Perspective on Interviewing
June Price
Snakes in the Swamp
Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research

Emanuela Guano
The Role of the Anthropologist and the Kumina Queen
Two Voices in an Ethnographic Interview

Edna Lomsky-Feder
A Woman Studies War
Stranger in a Man's World

George Rosenwald
Making the Whole-Method and Ethics in Mainstream and Narrative Psychology
Guy Widdershoven
Ethics and Narrative

"This well-balanced collection of essays offers deeply provocative, honest and open analyses of a wide range of ethical problems within a field which continues to strive toward acceptance and recognition as a research tradition. It should provide useful and insightful reading as well as practical guidance for educators, practitioners and researchers interested in the challenge of telling stories of human experience with the tools of integrity and self-reflection."

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