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Interpreting Experience
The Narrative Study of Lives

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May 1995 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The focus of this book is on the role of narrative analysis in the social sciences and in increasing our understanding of human lives and experiences. Contributors address such questions as: Should in-depth interviews become occasions in which to ask for life stories so as to enhance a study of social phenomena? Can a richer approach to psychological understanding be reached by studying how experience, conscious and unconscious, is organized, interpreted and reshaped throughout the life cycle? How can biographical work be used to shed light on the social construction of individual lives?

In addition, the book covers the use of narrative analysis in career biography, in examining turning points in people's lives, in the effects of language on women at work, and in discovering common themes between people in similar careers and with shared experiences.

Ruthellen Josselson and Amia Lieblich
Introduction
Susan E Chase
Taking Narrative Seriously
Consequences for Methods and Theory in Interview Studies  
Ruthellen Josselson
Imagining the Real
Empathy, Narrative and the Architectonics of the Self  
Jaber F Gubrium and James A Holstein
Biographical Work and New Ethnography
Steven Weiland
Life History and Academic Work
The Career of Professor G  
Ada Zohar
Developmental Patterns of Mathematically Gifted Individuals as Viewed through Their Narratives
Hadas Wiseman
The Quest for Connectedness
Loneliness as Process in Narratives of Lonely University Students  
Adital Tirosh-Ben-Ari
It's the Telling that Makes the Difference
Sarah Mkhonza
Life Histories as Social Texts of Personal Experience in Sociolinguistic Studies
A Look at the Lives of Domestic Workers in Swaziland  
Ardra L Cole and J Gary Knowles
Extending Boundaries
Narrative on Exchange  

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