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  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications (Dec 13 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761929983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761929987
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
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Narrative Methods for the Human Sciences provides an accessible framework for researchers - to analyse narrative texts with confidence, empathy, and humility. -- Ron Adams Narrative Inquiry "Narrative Methods for the Human Sciences is a well-written, profoundly useful guide to four of the main narrative methods: (a) oral narratives derived from interviews; (b) narratives derived from archival materials such as diaries, letters, and other documents; (c) ethnographic observations as compiled from field notes; and (d) visual media (in combination with text or not) such as videotaped interactions, paintings, and photographs. Not only is she practical and thoughtful about types of narratives, but even more important are the insights that she provides about the alternative methods of transforming narrative materials into published works. [...T]his excellent work will be indispensible for teachers of graduate courses in narrative and other qualitative methods and for research teams wanting to do first-rate narrative research." -- Keith E. Davis

About the Author

Catherine Kohler Riessman is Research Professor in the Department of Sociology at Boston College, and an Emerita Professor at Boston University. She serves as a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London. She earned a Ph.D. in Sociomedical Science from Columbia University. Riessman has authored four books and numerous articles and book chapters in medical sociology and qualitative methodologies.

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By Karun K. Karki on Aug. 10 2015
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Good read so far Sept. 5 2014
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Good read so far, but the kindle edition does not appear to have page numbers. It is impossible to cite without this information.
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This is probably by far one of the best reads I've done about doing narrative research Dec 16 2014
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This is probably by far one of the best reads I've done about doing narrative research. Riessman covers a lot of territory, from getting started to writing up and presenting your work. I'm so glad I came across this book because there really isn't a uniform approach to doing narrative research. Riessman analyzes a number of exemplars in describing the ways in which scholars have used narrative in an array of studies. She won't give you a step-by-step approach, but the examples she takes up in this will help you to think about formulating an approach appropriate to your own research needs. I really appreciate the questions she poses along the way in discussing others' choices in their studies. It really is a good book.
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Easy to understand Aug. 8 2013
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I actually read this book before I decide to purchase it . I am using this for a very important project. i would recommend this book to anyone who want to learn about narrative analysis.
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Great Book on Narrative Methods June 28 2014
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I got a great understanding of the various types of narrative methods and how they came into being.
Riessman uses illustrations that were very useful.
Highly recommended.
Great resource April 15 2014
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Great addition for those interested or studying various methods of qualitative research. Riessman provides direction and examples to support novice and experienced researchers.