- Oxford Library of Psychology
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editor
- Historical Overview of Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences
- The History of Historical-Comparative Methods in Sociology
- The Centrality of Ethics in Qualitative Research
- Philosophical Approaches to Qualitative Research
- Applied Interpretive Approaches
- The Grounded Theory Method
- Feminist Qualitative Research: Toward Transformation of Science and Society
- Critical Approaches to Qualitative Research
- Decolonizing Research Practice: Indigenous Methodologies, Aboriginal Methods, and Knowledge/Knowing
- Practicing Narrative Inquiry
- The Purposes, Practices, and Principles of Autoethnographic Research
- Unstructured and Semi-Structured Interviewing
- Oral History Interviewing: Issues and Possibilities
- Focus Group Research: Retrospect and Prospect
- Museum Studies
- Content Analysis
- Photography as a Research Method
- Arts-Based Research Practice: Merging Social Research and the Creative Arts
- Qualitative Approaches in Internet-Mediated Research: Opportunities, Issues, Possibilities
- Case Study Research: In-Depth Understanding in Context
- Program Evaluation
- Community-Based Research: Understanding the Principles, Practices, Challenges, and Rationale
- Lineages: A Past, Present, and Future of Participatory Action Research
- Qualitative Disaster Research
- Conducting Mixed Methods Research: Using Dialectical Pluralism and Social Psychological Strategies
- Coding and Analysis Strategies
- Computer-Assisted Analysis of Qualitative Research
- Interpretation Strategies: Appropriate Concepts
- Writing Up Qualitative Research
- Evaluating Qualitative Research
- The Politics of Research
- A Brief Statement on the Public and the Future of Qualitative Research
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter focuses on the intellectual, philosophical, empirical, and pragmatic development of the turn toward narrative, tracing the rise of narrative inquiry as it evolved in the aftermath of the crisis of representation in the social sciences. Narrative inquiry seeks to humanize the human sciences, placing people, meaning and personal identity at the center, inviting the development of reflexive, relational, and interpretive methodologies and drawing attention not only on the actual but also to the possible and the good. The chapter synthesizes the changing methodological and ethical orientations of qualitative researchers associated with narrative inquiry; explores the divergent standpoints of small- story and big- story researchers, draws attention to the differences between narrative analysis and narratives-under-analysis; and reveals narrative practices that seek to help people form better relationships, overcome oppressive canonical identities, amplify or reclaim moral agency, and cope better with contingencies and difficulties experienced over the course of life.
Arthur P. Bochner is Distinguished University Professor of Communication and a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association. He is the co-author of Understanding Family Communication (Allyn and Bacon), co-editor (with Carolyn Ellis) of Composing Ethnography (AltaMira), Ethnographically Speaking (AltaMira), and the Left Coast Press book series, Writing Lives: Ethnographic Narratives. He has published more than 100 articles and monographs on close relationships, communication theory, and narrative. His current research focuses on memory, narrative, and identity. In 2014, Left Coast Press will publish his academic autoethnography, Coming to Narrative: Method and Meaning in a University Life.
Nicholas A Riggs is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida. His research focuses on narrative, autoethnography, and digital technology as a universe of dialogic modes of interpretive practice and relationship development. His dialogic essay, "Following Bud: Blogging at the End-of-Life," will be published in Qualitative Inquiry in 2013. He is currently conducting ethnographic dissertation research in which he is focusing on the intersections of relational, cultural, and performative dimensions of communication in the evolution of a university student-based improv performance community.
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