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Narratives in Social Science Research

Narratives in Social Science Research

First Edition

March 2004 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Narratives in Social Science Research introduces students to the use of narrative methodology as a research tool. It offers a rigorous framework for the application of these devices within qualitative research. The book provides:
  • An historical overview of the development of the narrative approach within the social sciences
  • A guide to how narrative methods can be applied in fieldwork
  • An explanation of how to incorporate a narrative approach within a research project
  • Guidelines for interpreting collected or produced narratives
  • A student-focused approach - key arguments and methods are illustrated by case-studies and lists of further reading.
Written in an accessible and engaging manner, this detailed text will be a useful resource for researchers and students taking courses in qualitative research across a variety of social disciplines.

The Narrative Turn in Social Studies
How Stories Are Made
Collecting Stories
Narratives in an Interview Situation
Reading Narratives
Structural Analyses
Close Readings
Poststructuralism, Interruption, Deconstruction

Reading Social Sciences
Writing Social Sciences
Narrativizing Social Sciences

The text has a theoretical approach which is good, but it is not helpful in the development of my module content. I was looking for something more pragmatic.

Dr Maria-Rita Massaro
Department of Marketing & Business Strategy, Westminster University
December 17, 2020

Useful for researching using narrative in health and social care

Mrs Lyz Howard
Department of Health, Health and Social Care Teaching Team
June 30, 2014

This book offers a clear interpretation of Czarniawska's formula to use narrative as a qualitative research method. The interview transcript as narrative was particularly interesting. A good guide for novice and more professional social science researchers

Mrs Lyz Howard
Department of Health, Health and Social Care Teaching Team
May 2, 2014

Helps students to adopt more qualittive research strategies in public relations research

Ms Sarah Williams
MMUBS, Manchester Metropolitan Univ (Crewe)
July 3, 2012

This is a really useful and insightful book, which discusses the complexities and simplicities of using a narrative approach in social research. Practical and engaging.

Miss Sarah McMullen
Social Science , Derby University
November 2, 2011

The experience of self and one's own telling are increasingly becoming popular in social sciences. This book is really beneficial in the sense of personal narratives

Mr Bakar Abu
Institute of Education, Worcester University
October 18, 2011

I would highly recommend this book to students using narrative methodology as a research tool. It is highly readable and user friendly. Each chapter provides a further reading list and a useful exercise. An excellent resource.

Ms Sally Elsbury
Faculty of Science, Portsmouth University
July 24, 2011

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