Qualitative inquiry is not merely a research method or a series of analytic steps, but a holistic process that challenges the age-old qualitative/quantitative dichotomy. This book provides students and researchers with an approachable guide to a range of interpretive perspectives, including thematic, narrative, and arts-based types of inquiry. Fully revised and updated, the new Second Edition features:  • A brand new introduction firmly placing qualitative inquiry in context  • New further reading sections to guide you deeper into the relevant literature  • Expanded sections on auto-ethnography and technology  • A range of examples to demonstrate the application of research techniques Presenting a clear overview of the theory, method and interpretation involved in qualitative inquiry, this book is the ideal starting point for those engaging in arts-based qualitative research.

Narrative Inquiry

Narrative Inquiry

Contemporary narrative inquiry can be characterized as an amalgam of interdisciplinary analytic lenses, diverse disciplinary approaches, and both traditional and innovative methods – all revolving around an interest in biographical particulars as narrated by the ones who live them. (Chase, 2005, p. 651)

A narrative tells a short or extended story about something significant, or relates a life story from its inception (Chase, 2005), which can be biographical or autobiographical. Narrative is a distinctive way of thinking and understanding that is unique and embodied, that is, it integrates the physical and psychological dimensions of knowing (Bruner, 1986).

This chapter discusses narrative as the human enterprise, traces the roots of narrative from the life histories of the sociologists of the Chicago School in the 1920s, ...

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