This book responds to the ever-growing production and consumption of stories of all kinds in popular and academic cultures. Narrative is a fundamental means whereby we make sense of our own lives and of the world around us, but we are not often aware that we shape our identities and relationships through narrative. Keeping of a traditional diary was always a minority pursuit but all that changed after blogging and social networking: with over 700 million users and growing, Facebook is the biggest but by no means the only truly global platform for the creation and exchange of all kinds of narratives. Digital media and social networking offer us accessible and exciting means for the reading, writing, re-mixing and sharing narrative. This book opens up all of these issues to the reader, while teaching how narrative research is done. Brian Alleyne teaches Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Techniques and Tools for the Narrative Researcher

Overview

Figure 6.1 Chapter Map

Figure 6.1

Key Learning Objectives

  • To discuss issues of project design for a project using narrative approaches, including brainstorming, formulating research questions, ethical issues, and sampling strategies.
  • To introduce techniques of journaling and memo writing.
  • To introduce key concepts of data and information management that are relevant to narrative research.
  • To discuss a range of general purpose and specialised software tools that can aid the narrative researcher in data organisation, analysis and reporting.

Introduction

In this chapter we will discuss the design and management of projects that employ narrative approaches. We will look at outlining and brainstorming the initial ideas, and then we will discuss the formulation of research questions. We will also highlight ethical issues and sampling strategies as these ...

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