1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook on Narrative and Life History

Edited By Ivor Goodson, Ari Antikainen, Pat Sikes, Molly Andrews Copyright 2017
    668 Pages
    by Routledge

    666 Pages
    by Routledge

    In recent decades, there has been a substantial turn towards narrative and life history study. The embrace of narrative and life history work has accompanied the move to postmodernism and post-structuralism across a wide range of disciplines: sociological studies, gender studies, cultural studies, social history; literary theory; and, most recently, psychology.

    Written by leading international scholars from the main contributing perspectives and disciplines, The Routledge International Handbook on Narrative and Life History seeks to capture the range and scope as well as the considerable complexity of the field of narrative study and life history work by situating these fields of study within the historical and contemporary context. Topics covered include:

    • The historical emergences of life history and narrative study

    • Techniques for conducting life history and narrative study

    • Identity and politics

    • Generational history

    • Social and psycho-social approaches to narrative history

    With chapters from expert contributors, this volume will prove a comprehensive and authoritative resource to students, researchers and educators interested in narrative theory, analysis and interpretation.

    1 The Rise of the Life Narrative  2 The Story of Life History  3 How Stories Found a Home in Human Personality  4 Narrative and Life History Research in International Education: Re-Conceptualisation from the Field  5 What have you Got when you’ve Got a Life Story?  6 Techniques for Doing Life History  7 The Story so Far: Personal Knowledge and the Political  8 Always a Story  9 On Coming to Narrative and Life History  Section 2: Methodological and Sociological Approaches  Introduction In Search of Life History  10 The Quest for Lived Truths: Modifying Methodology  11 Analyzing Novelty and Pattern in Institutional Life Narratives  12 Zeitgeist, Identity and Politics: The Modern Meaning of the Concept of Generation  13 Biography as a Theoretical and Methodological Key Concept in Transnational Migration Studies  14 Culinary Border Crossings in Autobiographical Writing: The British Asian Case  15 Biographical and Narrative Research in Iberoamerica: Emergence, Development and State Fields  16 A Psycho-Societal Approach to Life Histories  17 Working-Life Stories  18 Culturally Available Narratives in Parents’ Stories about Disability  19 Researching Higher Education Students Biographical Learning  20 The Narrative Interview – Method, Theory, and Ethics: Unfolding a Life  Section 3: Political Narratives and the Study of Lives  Introduction Political Narratives and the Study of Lives  21 Narrative Power, Sexual Stories and the Politics Of Story Telling  22 Immutability Blues: Stories of Queer Identity in an Age of Tolerance  23 Northern Irish Narratives of Protest & Conflict: Back and Forth across the Rubicon  24 Aleksandr (Sasha) Pechersky (1909-1990): In Search of a Life Story  25 Saffron and Orange: Religion, Nation and Masculinity in Canada and India  26 The Experience of Politics: Narratives of Women MPS in the Indian Parliament  27 Making Family Stories Political? Telling Varied Narratives of Serial Migration  28 The Politics of Personal HIV Stories  29 Epistolary Entanglements of Love and Politics: Reading Rosa Luxemburg’s Letters  30 Politics and Narrative Agency in the History of The Victoria and Albert Museum.  Section 4: Ethical Approaches  Introduction ‘But who is Mrs Galinsky, Mother?’: From Nana Sikes’ Stories to Studying Lives and Careers  31 Ethical Considerations Entailed by A Relational Ontology in Narrative Inquiry  32 Compassionate Research: Interviewing and Storytelling from a Relational Ethics of Care  33 Suspicious, Suspect and Vulnerable: Going Beyond the Call and Duty of Ethics in Life History Research  34 The Ethics of Researching Something Dear to My Heart with Others ‘Like Me’  35 How Stories of Illness Practice Moral Life  36 The Ethics of Researching and Representing Dis/ability  37 An Act of Remembering: Making the ‘Collective Memories’ My Own and Confronting Ethical Issues  38 ‘The Path is made by Walking on It’: Ethical Complexities in Supervising International Doctoral Researchers Using Narrative Approaches  39 Writing the (Country) Girl: Narratives of Place, Matter, Relations and Memory  40 Ethics and the Writing of After a Fall: A Sociomedical Sojourn  41 Ethics and the Tyranny of Narrative  42 The Door and the Dark: Trouble Telling Tales  43 "Styles of Good Sense": Ethics, Filmmaking and Scholarship  44 Lingering Ethical Tensions in Narrative Inquiry  45 Purpose Built Ethical Considerations for Narrative Research: Broad Consent or Process Consent but not Informed Consent  46 A Relational Ethic for Narrative Inquiry, or in The Forest but Lost in the Trees, or a One-Act Play with Many Endings  47 Narrative Ethics


     Ivor Goodson is Professor of Learning Theory at the University of Brighton, UK and International Research Professor at the University of Tallinn, Estonia. He has worked in a range of countries and was previously Accord Research Professor at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and Frederica Warner Professor at the University of Rochester, USA.

    Ari Antikainen is Professor Emeritus of Sociology of Education at the University of Eastern Finland. He was President of the International Sociological Association RC04 2006-2010. Knight, First Class, of the Order of the White Rose of Finland 2007.

    Pat Sikes is Professor of Qualitative Inquiry in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield, UK. Pat’s interests lie primarily in using auto/biographical approaches with a view to informing practice and policy.

    Molly Andrews is Professor of Political Psychology, and Co-director of the Centre for Narrative Research at the University of East London, UK. Her research interests include political narratives, psychology of activist commitment and political identity.