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Using Narrative in Social Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches

by Jane Elliott SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
05/2005
ISBN:
9781412900416
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Pbk 232 pages
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This is a lucid and accessible introduction to narrative methods in social research. It is also an important book about the nature, role and theoretical basis of research methodology in general.

Jane Elliott instructs the reader on the basic methods and methodological assumptions that form the basis of narrative methods. She does so in a way that is practical and accessible and in a way that will make the book a favourite with students and experienced researchers alike.

Elliott argues that both qualitative and quantitative methods are characterised by a concern with narrative, and that our research data can best be analyzed if it is seen in narrative terms. In concrete, step-by-step terms she details for the reader how to go about collecting data and how to subject that data to narrative analysis, while at the same time placing this process in its wider theoretical context.

She works across the traditional quantitative//qualitative divide to set out the ways in which narrative researchers can uncover such issues as social change, causality and social identity. She also shows how the techniques and skills used by qualitative researchers can be deployed when doing quantitative research and, similarly, how qualitative researchers can sometimes profit from using quantitative skills and techniques.

Table of Contents:

Narrative and Research in the Social Sciences


Listening to People's Stories


The Use of Narrative in Qualitative Interviews



Interpreting People's Stories


Narrative Approaches to the Analysis of Qualitative Data



Collecting Quantitative Narratives - A Contradiction in Terms?


Statistical Stories? The Use of Narrative in Quantitative Analysis


Uncovering and Understanding Causal Effects and Processes


Narrative and Identity


Constructions of the Subject in Qualitative and Quantitative Research



The Ethical and Political Implications of Using Narrative in Research


The Researcher as Narrator


Reflexivity in Qualitative and Quantitative Research



Telling Better Stories? Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Research

Narrative and Research in the Social Sciences
Listening to People's Stories
The Use of Narrative in Qualitative Interviews
Interpreting People's Stories
Narrative Approaches to the Analysis of Qualitative Data
Collecting Quantitative Narratives - A Contradiction in Terms?
Statistical Stories? The Use of Narrative in Quantitative Analysis
Uncovering and Understanding Causal Effects and Processes
Narrative and Identity
Constructions of the Subject in Qualitative and Quantitative Research
The Ethical and Political Implications of Using Narrative in Research
The Researcher as Narrator
Reflexivity in Qualitative and Quantitative Research
Telling Better Stories? Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Research

Jane Elliott University of London