Multimodal life history narrative
Embodied identity, discursive transitions and uncomfortable silences
I draw together multimodal and creative art practices with sociological and discursive research frameworks to detail how multimodal interviewing facilitates communication of individual narratives. I offer a route for researching how embodied self-production emerges by asking: What can be learnt from analysing the context and process of narrative accounts rather than the content? Consideration is given to how a drawn visual line influences the narrative progress by inviting diverse, active and embodied engagement, while highlighting issues that participants prioritise. Attention is also given to how self-recognition and the production of identity become apparent in moments that punctuate a narrator’s story-telling. These moments are identified as discursive transitions and include switches in style or topic of conversation, expressions of emotion, pauses and extended silences. These transitions are conceptualised as examples of a ‘structuring presence’ within a narrative, and I explore how these are central to the embodied production of self-identity.
- Framing life history narrative research
- Multimodal interviews
- The participants, data collection and analysis
- Constructing identity in multimodal narrative interviews
- Visuality and bodily engagement: “This is sort of me. One line of me”
- Discursive transitions; emotion and the importance of what is not said
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