Using Narrative in Social Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches

Using Narrative in Social Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches

by Jane Elliott
     
 

This approach to methodology differs from many by employing narrative to bridge the qualitative/quantitative divide, and by exploring theoretical and epistemological as well as methodological debates that should underlie research. Elliott, presumably a UK scholar, differentiates narratives from descriptions, and traces social sciences' interest in and issuesSee more details below

Overview

This approach to methodology differs from many by employing narrative to bridge the qualitative/quantitative divide, and by exploring theoretical and epistemological as well as methodological debates that should underlie research. Elliott, presumably a UK scholar, differentiates narratives from descriptions, and traces social sciences' interest in and issues about their validity as an inquiry tool. Chapters include narrative extracts, examples of discourse collection and analysis methods, and readings for discussion. The appendices feature annotations on major US and UK datasets (e.g. The Wisconsin Longitudinal Study), and a glossary of social science terms. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412900409
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Dr Jane Elliott is currently employed as Research Director of the 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS) and the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS), Bedford Group for Lifecourse and Statistical Studies, Institute of Education, London. She was previously a Visiting Scholar and Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

1Narrative and new developments in the social sciences1
2Listening to people's stories : the use of narrative in qualitative interviews17
3Interpreting people's stories : narrative approaches to the analysis of qualitative data36
4Collecting quantitative narratives - a contradiction in terms?60
5Statistical stories? : the use of narrative in quantitative analysis76
6Uncovering and understanding causal effects and processes97
7Narrative and identity : constructions of the subject in qualitative and quantitative research116
8The ethical and political implications of using narrative in research134
9The researcher as narrator : reflexivity in qualitative and quantitative research152
10Telling better stories? : combining qualitative and quantitative research171
AppDetails of some major longitudinal quantitative datasets189

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