Narratives in Social Science Research

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Overview

Narratives in Social Science Research introduces students to the use of narrative methodology as a research tool. It offers arigorous 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.

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Meet the Author

Barbara Czarniawska is Professor of Management Studies at GRI, School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Doctor honoris causa at Stockholm School of Economics, Copenhagen Business School and Helsinki School of Economics, she is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, the Swedish Royal Engineering Academy, the Royal Society of Art and Sciences in Gothenburg and Societas Scientiarum Finnica. Czarniawska takes a feminist and constructionist perspective on organizing, recently exploring the connections between popular culture and practice of management, and the organization of the news production. She is interested in methodology, especially in techniques of fieldwork and in the application of narratology to organization studies.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1 The 'Narrative Turn' in Social Studies 1
2 How Stories Are Made 17
3 Collecting Stories 33
4 Narratives in an Interview Situation 47
5 Reading Narratives 60
6 Structural Analyses 76
7 Close Readings: Poststructuralism, Interruption, Deconstruction 88
8 Reading Social Science 102
9 Writing Social Science 117
10 Narrativizing Social Sciences 131
Glossary 138
References 142
Author Index 153
Subject Index 156
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