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Document Typology: Research
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: Researching practice: the methodological case for narrative inquiry
Name of author(s): Therese Riley, Penelope Hawe
Name of publisher: Health education research
Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: Italian
esearch interest in the analysis of stories has increased as researchers in many disciplines endeavor to see the world through the eyes of others. We make the methodological case for narrative inquiry as a unique means to get inside the world of health promotion practice. We demonstrate how this form of inquiry may reveal what practitioners value most in and through their practice, and the indigenous theory or the cause-and-consequence thinking that goerns their actions. Our examples draw on a unique data set, i.e. two years' of diaries being kept by community development intervention to reduce postnatal depression and promote the physical health of recent mothers. Narrative inquiry examines the way a story is told by considering the positioning of the actor/story-teller, the endpontis, the supporting cast, the sequencing and the tension created by the revelation of some events, in preference to others. Narrative methods may provide special insights into the complexity of community intervention implementation over and above more familiar research methods.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
Narrative inquiry encourages the analyst to consider what is the data set and also what is not there, such as missing characters or alternative viewpoints.
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