Review Essay: Narrative Contestations

Matti Hyvärinen


The study of counter-narratives is a promising, yet largely neglected approach to narrative studies. This review draws on the idea that counter-narrativity might theoretically and methodologically connect the cultural, political and personal contents of narratives with the forms of narration in new ways. The anthology is discussed from the perspective of how each article contributes to identifying and theorizing both master and counter-narratives. At the same time, the book is introduced as an interesting forum for many current debates in qualitative research. The ongoing debate between contributors and discussants displays alternative strategies in reading narrative materials.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0703346


narrative analysis; narrative theory; counter-narratives; big and small narratives; methodology

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