Chapter 12Narrative inquiry
This chapter examines the key role that
narratives have in human communication and engagement across
cultures and as fertile analytical and methodological tools.
Storytelling practices allow researchers to study speech
participants’ visible and veiled interactional dynamics. Besides
analyzing narratives for their content (“denotational text”),
scholars have studied narratives also for their pragmatic
effects in the here-and-now of speech participants’
interactions, or their “interactional text,” and across various
spatiotemporal configurations. During their tellings, narrators
can assume and reverse roles, for example. Moreover, narratives
simultaneously shape and are shaped by their surrounding
context. In this light, storytelling practices are actual speech
events that are (co)created, and developed, and thus need to be
studied as such because of their interactional nature.
- 2.Theoretical foundations
- 3.Methodological orientations
- 3.1Principles and affordances
- 3.2Types of RQs addressed by narrative inquiry
- 3.3Procedures of data collection and analysis
- 3.4Ethical issues
- 4.Critiques and responses
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