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Narrative Networks

Narrative Networks
Storied Approaches in a Digital Age

  • Brian Alleyne - Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, University of London, UK

December 2014 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"We are invited to think about the now ubiquitous everyday practices of interpreting and producing narratives across a range of modalities. The result is a text that inspires readers to think in new ways about narratives, invites them to analyse narrative texts available on the Web and, for those who wish, suggests how best to employ specialist software."
- Ann Phoenix, Institute of Education, University of London

"It’s high time we have a book like this. Brian Alleyne has managed to produce the best, clearest, and most comprehensive overview of narrative theory for social scientists I have yet to see. I wish I’d had access to a book like this when I was a student. It would have made my life so much easier. It will surely become the universally recognised go-to book on the subject."
- David Graeber, London School of Economics & Political Science

Narrative is a fundamental means whereby we make sense of our own lives and of the world around us. The stories we tell, and are being told, shape our identities, relationships and world-views. In a rapidly changing digital society where blogging and social networking have become fundamental communication channels, the platforms for the creation and exchange of all kinds of narratives have greatly expanded.

This book responds to the dynamic production and consumption of stories of all kinds in popular and academic cultures. It offers a comprehensive discussion of the underlying philosophical and methodological issues of narrative and personal narrative research as well as applying these to the current digital landscape. The book provides practical guidance on data management and use of software for the narrative researcher.

Illustrated with examples from a range of fields and disciplines as well as the author’s own work on hacking cultures and cultural activism, this title is a must for anyone wanting to learn about narrative approaches in social research and how to conduct successful narrative research in a digital age.
In the Beginning There Was the Social Explorer
Narrative Ways of Knowing
Analyzing Narrative
Narrative at Work in the World
Constructing Narrative
Techniques and Tools for the Narrative Researcher

An excellent book for Masters level students, and beyond.

Mrs Tania Wiseman
School of Health Professions, Brighton University
February 26, 2015

An excellent consideration of Narratives from a modern perspective

Mrs Fiona Page
Occupational Therapy, Derby University
February 18, 2015

When researching, often the story behind the themes or debates can be ignored. This is a lovely text showing the importance of the narrative, or the story, when a researcher observes behaviour. A positive, different approach to qualitative work about others and about self.

Miss Jo Button
Education , South Devon College
August 27, 2015

great book for completing research and to use for further reading

Mr Brendon Pettit
creative studies, Great Yarmouth College
January 13, 2015

I will use the book to demonstrate how to both approach and empirically study digital communication with a sociological apparatus.

Dr Dan Mercea
Department of Sociology, City University
October 12, 2015

An excellent resource for narrative students. Alleyne explains narrative clearly, then goes on to discuss digital approaches.

Mrs Tania Wiseman
School of Health Professions, University of Brighton
November 20, 2015

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