How we understand and define qualitative data is changing, with implications not only for the techniques of data analysis, but also how data are collected. New devices, technologies and online spaces open up new ways for researchers to approach and collect images, moving images, text and talk. The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection systematically explores the approaches, techniques, debates and new frontiers for creating, collecting and producing qualitative data. Bringing together contributions from internationally leading scholars in the field, the handbook offers a state-of-the-art look at key themes across six thematic parts: Part I Charting the Routes Part II Concepts, Contexts, Basics Part III Types of Data and How to Collect Them Part IV Digital and Internet Data Part V Triangulation and Mixed Methods Part VI Collecting Data in Specific Populations

Narrative Data

Michael Murray


This chapter discusses a variety of forms of narrative data. It begins by reviewing the nature of narrative and the psychology of storytelling. It then proceeds to consider the most popular source of narrative data, which is the interview. This can vary substantially in form and can also be extended from face-to-face encounters to other sources such as diaries, letters and other written accounts of particular experiences. We will then consider various documentary forms of narrative ranging from dairies, autobiographies and various archival/historical sources. Narratives are not only written and spoken. Thus, we will also consider other forms such as visual narratives as presented in art and performative narratives as presented in drama.


Narrative inquiry is an ...

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