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Negotiating the contested terrain of narrative methods in illness contexts.

Thomas, Carol (2010) Negotiating the contested terrain of narrative methods in illness contexts. Sociology of Health and Illness, 32 (4). pp. 647-660. ISSN 0141-9889

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Abstract

This paper offers an interpretive account of an ongoing transatlantic debate about illness narratives instigated by the publication in 1997 of Paul Atkinson's paper Narrative Turn Or Blind Alley? The claims and counter-claims to be found in this debate about narrative data and narrative analysis are set out sequentially, in an attempt to grasp the debate's essentials. Matters of theoretical perspective, methodology, ethics, and personal politics are found to be at stake in the writings of the four featured academics: Paul Atkinson, Arthur Bochner, Arthur Frank and Elliot Mishler. The paper moves on to consider the types of sociologies at work in their arguments, and explores the debate's implications for the author's own illness narratives research project. The paper's overall aim is to assist researchers who seek to clarify their own thinking on the use of narrative research methods in illness contexts

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Sociology of Health and Illness
Uncontrolled Keywords: illness narratives ; narrative methods ; controversies in narrative research ; sociology of health and illness
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 33169
Deposited By: Mrs Yaling Zhang
Deposited On: 05 May 2010 11:29
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 04:04
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/33169

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