Narratives in Social Science Research

Narratives in Social Science Research

by Barbara Czarniawska
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761941940

ISBN-13: 9780761941941

Pub. Date: 03/01/2004

Publisher: SAGE Publications

This textbook for undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers describes narrative methods for qualitative research. Czarniawska (Göteborg U.) begins with a brief historical sketch of the relationship between the humanities and social sciences and outlines some of the possible reasons for using a narrative approach. The structure of the main part of the

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This textbook for undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers describes narrative methods for qualitative research. Czarniawska (Göteborg U.) begins with a brief historical sketch of the relationship between the humanities and social sciences and outlines some of the possible reasons for using a narrative approach. The structure of the main part of the text follows the chronology of a research project. Examples are taken from many different branches of social sciences and draw upon the author's own research. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761941941
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Series:
Introducing Qualitative Methods Series
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Forewordviii
Acknowledgmentsx
1The 'Narrative Turn' in Social Studies1
A brief history1
Enacted narrative as a basic form of social life3
Narrative as a mode of knowing6
Narration as a mode of communication10
Is there room for narrative in a postmodern society?12
About this book14
Exercise15
Further reading15
2How Stories Are Made17
Narratives into stories17
The ways of emplotment20
Watching while stories are made23
Exercises31
Further reading31
3Collecting Stories33
Oral history33
Collecting stories36
Telling stories38
Stories in and about organizations40
Ways of story collecting43
Exercises45
Further reading46
4Narratives in an Interview Situation47
What is an interview?47
An interview as an interaction and as a narrative production site49
Difficulties connected to eliciting narratives in an interview situation51
Avoiding accounts54
Interview transcript as a narrative55
Exercise59
Further reading59
5Reading Narratives60
Hernadi's triad60
The difficulty of explication61
Varieties of explanation63
Exploration71
Reading Egon Bittner72
Exercise74
Further reading75
6Structural Analyses76
The morphology of a fairytale76
Morphology of evolution theories78
Actant model79
Scripts and schemas82
Other kinds of structural analysis83
Exercise86
Further reading86
7Close Readings: Poststructuralism, Interruption, Deconstruction88
Poststructuralism in action88
Interruption91
Deconstruction96
Changing worlds98
Exercise101
Further reading101
8Reading Social Science102
Dramatist analysis of drinking driver research102
The anthropologist as author105
Storytelling in economics108
Leadership as seduction: deconstructing social science theory112
Narratives from one's own backyard115
Exercise115
Further reading116
9Writing Social Science117
Mimesis, or how to represent the world117
Plot, or how to theorize122
Exercise129
Further reading130
10Narrativizing Social Sciences131
The dangerous stories from the field131
The worrisome stories of the field132
The hopeful narratives134
Further reading137
Glossary138
References142
Author index153
Subject index156

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