Narrative Methods for the Human Sciences
“Cathy Riessman is the leading figure in narrative research and her new book is a delight. Covering basic issues of transcription and research credibility as well as visual data and engagingly written, it is a goldmine for students and researchers alike. If we want to make narrative research serious and revealing, it is to this book that we should turn.”
"Narrative Methods for the Human Sciences provides an accessible framework for researchers — to analyse narrative texts with confidence, empathy, and humility.
“This book has been a great source of inspiration to me and my students, not only for its methodological clarity, but also for the spirit of social activism it engenders.”
Narrative Methods for the Human Sciences provides a lively overview of research based on constructing and interpreting narrative. Designed to improve research practice, it gives a detailed discussion of four analytic methods that students can adapt. Author Catherine Kohler Riessman explains how to conduct the four kinds of narrative analysis using model studies from sociology, anthropology, psychology, education and nursing. Throughout the book, she compares different approaches including thematic analysis, structural analysis, dialogic/performance analysis, and visual narrative analysis. The book helps students confront specific issues in their research practice, including how to construct a transcript in an interview study; complexities of working with materials translated from another language; defining narrative segments; relating text and context; locating oneself as the researcher in a responsible way in an inquiry; and arguing for the credibility of the case-based approach.
Broad in scope, Narrative Methods for the Human Sciences also offers concrete guidance in individual chapters for students and established scholars wanting to join the “narrative turn” in social research.
This text is designed as a supplement to the qualitative research course taught in graduate departments across the social and behavioral sciences, and as a core book in the narrative course.
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Review: Narrative Methods for the Human SciencesUser Review - Aengus - Goodreads
More an overview than the in-depth book I was anticipating but a good introduction to narrative methodologies. Read full review
Review: Narrative Methods for the Human SciencesUser Review - Margaret - Goodreads
2/10/13 ** Very useful as I revisit dissertation data. Clearly written with excellent exemplars. Riessman has "unpacked" others' research to illustrate how people have applied narrative analysis methods. Read full review
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