Narrative Inquiry: A Dynamic Approach

This book makes an important new contribution to the field of narrative research by providing both a new theoretical orientation as well as a set of practical techniques that students can use to conduct narrative inquiry. After explanations of the principles of what the author terms “dynamic narrating” and how they compare to other forms of narrative research, Colette Daiute illustrates and applies dynamic narrative inquiry with examples, practical activities, applicable charts, suggestions for interpreting analyses, and writing up results. Her approach is grounded in an integration of cultural-historical activity, discourse theories (including critical discourse theory, conversation analysis), and interdisciplinary research on narrative as applied to a range of research projects in different cultural settings. This book offers an approach to narrative inquiry in the social sciences building on practices of daily life – where we use storytelling to do things, to connect with other people, to deal with social structures defining our lives, to make sense out of what is going on around us, to craft our own way of fitting in with those various contexts, and sometimes to change them.

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