Analyzing Narrative Reality offers a comprehensive framework for analyzing the construction and use of stories in society. This centers on the interplay of narrative work and narrative environments, viewed as reflexively related. Topics dealing with narrative work include activation, linkage, composition, performance, collaboration, and control. Those dealing with narrative environments include close relationships, local culture, status, jobs, organizations, and intertextuality. Both the texts and everyday contexts of the storying process are considered, with accompanying guidelines for analysis and illustrations from empirical material. Methodological procedures feature interviewing, ethnographic fieldwork, and conversational and textual analysis. The conclusion raises the issue of narrative adequacy, addressing the questions of what is a good story and who is a good storyteller.
Analyzing Narrative Reality is truly multidisciplinary and should appeal to researchers working across the social and behavioral sciences and humanities, as well as to narratively focused researchers in nursing, education, allied and public health, social work, law, counseling, and management/organization studies.
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About the Author
Jaber F. Gubrium is professor and chair of sociology at the University of Missouri. He has an extensive record of research on the social organization of care in human service institutions. His publications include numerous books and articles on aging, family, the life course, medicalization, and representational practice in therapeutic context.
James A. Holstein is professor of sociology in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences at Marquette University. His research and writing projects have addressed social problems, deviance and social control, mental health and illness, family, and the self, all approached from an ethnomethodologically- informed, constructionist perspective.
Table of Contents
PREFACEINTRODUCTIONPART I. NARRATIVE REALITY1. Stories in Society2. Forms of Analysis3. Into the FieldPART II. NARRATIVE WORK4. Activation5. Linkage6. Composition7. Performance8. Collaboration9. ControlPART III. NARRATIVE ENVIRONMENTS10. Close Relationships11. Local Culture12. Status13. Jobs14. Organizations15. IntertextualityPART IV. NARRATIVE ADEQUACY16. What Is a Good Story?17. Who Is a Good Storyteller?AFTERWORDREFERENCES