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This pocket guide, from a seasoned social work scholar, provides an introduction to narrative inquiry.  It reviews the development of narrative inquiry within the social sciences and the humanities and establishes its relevance for social work.  It draws distinctions among narrative analysis, discourse analysis, and conversation analysis and presents eight major approaches to the analysis of narratives.  Each approach is considered in relation to the same set of dimensions including definition of narrative, theoretical orientation, central question, method, and strengths and limitations.  Exemplary investigations that illustrate each approach are included.  Issues pertaining to reflexivity, ethics, and validity of narrative inquiry are explored.  The appendices contain an outline for a narrative research proposal.  Ideal for academic researchers and graduate students for whom narrative study is new, this volume may be used as a guide to the development of research projects that depend on narrative methods, as a primary text for courses devoted to narrative research, or as a secondary text for qualitative research methods courses that include a section on narrative research.

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