The focus of this book is on the role of narrative analysis in the social sciences and in increasing our understanding of human lives and experiences. Contributors address such questions as: Should in-depth interviews become occasions in which to ask for life stories so as to enhance a study of social phenomena? Can a richer approach to psychological understanding be reached by studying how experience, conscious and unconscious, is organized, interpreted and reshaped throughout the life cycle? How can biographical work be used to shed light on the social construction of individual lives? In addition, the book covers the use of narrative analysis in career biography, in examining turning points in people's lives, in the effects of language on women at work, and in discovering common themes between people in similar careers and with shared experiences.
Introduction - Ruthellen Josselson and Amia Lieblich Taking Narrative Seriously - Susan E Chase Consequences for Methods and Theory in Interview Studies Imagining the Real - Ruthellen Josselson Empathy, Narrative and the Architectonics of the Self Biographical Work and New Ethnography - Jaber F Gubrium and James A Holstein Life History and Academic Work - Steven Weiland The Career of Professor G Developmental Patterns of Mathematically Gifted Individuals as Viewed through Their Narratives - Ada Zohar The Quest for Connectedness - Hadas Wiseman Loneliness as Process in Narratives of Lonely University Students It's the Telling that Makes the Difference - Adital Tirosh-Ben-Ari Life Histories as Social Texts of Personal Experience in Sociolinguistic Studies - Sarah Mkhonza A Look at the Lives of Domestic Workers in Swaziland Extending Boundaries - Ardra L Cole and J Gary Knowles Narrative on Exchange
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