You are here

Resources to help you transition to teaching online

Instructors: To support your transition to online learning, please see our resources and tools page whether you are teaching in the UK, or teaching outside of the UK.

Inspection copy update April 2020: Due to the current restrictions in place in response to COVID-19, our inspection copy policy has changed. Please refer to our updated inspection copy policy for full details. If you have recently placed an inspection copy order with us, we will be in touch to advise of any changes.

Narratives in Social Science Research

Narratives in Social Science Research

First Edition

February 2004 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Narratives in Social Science Research introduces students to the use of narrative methodology as a research tool. It offers a rigorous framework for the application of these devices within qualitative research. The book provides:
  • An historical overview of the development of the narrative approach within the social sciences
  • A guide to how narrative methods can be applied in fieldwork
  • An explanation of how to incorporate a narrative approach within a research project
  • Guidelines for interpreting collected or produced narratives
  • A student-focused approach - key arguments and methods are illustrated by case-studies and lists of further reading.
Written in an accessible and engaging manner, this detailed text will be a useful resource for researchers and students taking courses in qualitative research across a variety of social disciplines.
The Narrative Turn in Social Studies
How Stories Are Made
Collecting Stories
Narratives in an Interview Situation
Reading Narratives
Structural Analyses
Close Readings
Poststructuralism, Interruption, Deconstruction

Reading Social Sciences
Writing Social Sciences
Narrativizing Social Sciences

Useful for researching using narrative in health and social care

Mrs Lyz Howard
Department of Health, Health and Social Care Teaching Team
June 30, 2014

This book offers a clear interpretation of Czarniawska's formula to use narrative as a qualitative research method. The interview transcript as narrative was particularly interesting. A good guide for novice and more professional social science researchers

Mrs Lyz Howard
Department of Health, Health and Social Care Teaching Team
May 2, 2014

Helps students to adopt more qualittive research strategies in public relations research

Ms Sarah Williams
MMUBS, Manchester Metropolitan Univ (Crewe)
July 3, 2012

This is a really useful and insightful book, which discusses the complexities and simplicities of using a narrative approach in social research. Practical and engaging.

Miss Sarah McMullen
Social Science , Derby University
November 2, 2011

The experience of self and one's own telling are increasingly becoming popular in social sciences. This book is really beneficial in the sense of personal narratives

Mr Bakar Abu
Institute of Education, Worcester University
October 18, 2011

I would highly recommend this book to students using narrative methodology as a research tool. It is highly readable and user friendly. Each chapter provides a further reading list and a useful exercise. An excellent resource.

Ms Sally Elsbury
Faculty of Science, Portsmouth University
July 24, 2011

Preview this book

Sample Materials & Chapters

PDF file of Chapter 1

For instructors

Please select a format:

Select a Purchasing Option

ISBN: 9780761941958

ISBN: 9780761941941

SAGE Knowledge is the ultimate social sciences digital library for students, researchers, and faculty. Hosting more than 4,400 titles, it includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more.

The platform allows researchers to cross-search and seamlessly access a wide breadth of must-have SAGE book and reference content from one source.

SAGE Knowledge brings together high-quality content from across our imprints, including CQ Press and Corwin titles.