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Finding the arc: A story about a search for narratives


Bishop, E, Finding the arc: A story about a search for narratives, Narrative Inquiry, 22, (2) pp. 366-383. ISSN 1387-6740 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1075/ni.22.2.09bis


Powerful narratives exist about the nature, practice and validity of narrative inquiry. It is storied, for example, as complex, time-consuming and unappreciated by the conservative sociology academe. As a new PhD candidate I planned to undertake a straight thematic analysis. However, it became evident that an alternative approach was required. This paper tells a story about my struggle to comprehend narrative analysis and find the arc of my participant's stories. Because writing 'my sexual story' provided a particular turning point in this journey I also recount this here, in addition to an outline of the analytical framework I developed to interpret my data. I argue that narrative analysis is not easily learned through traditional scholarship: texts, journal articles, supervisors and conferences. Rather, a lingering, challenging - but ultimately highly rewarding journey may be required. It is my hope that this paper will provide insight and assistance to the novice narrative researcher.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:analytical framework, journey, narrative analysis, self-story
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Bishop, E (Dr Emily Bishop)
ID Code:85076
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2013-06-13
Last Modified:2013-06-22

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