Narrative Construction as a Psychosocial Research Method: Sharing Writing Practices

  • Barbara Biglia Universitat de Barcelona
  • Jordi Bonet-Martí Universitat de Barcelona
Keywords: narratives, feminist research, situated knowledge, qualitative methodology

Abstract

The discursive turn in the social sciences has opened the way for the appearance of new critical paradigms that have moved further away from the classic criterion of positivist validation. Therefore, nonlinear research designs and forms of dialogical writing, formerly defined as unscientific, have begun to occupy a prominent place in academic publications. In this context, narratives are configured as objects of discursive analysis, and they are considered an excellent tool to describe subjective realities. In our opinion, it is now necessary to go one step further. In this sense, we would like to propose the construction of narratives as a method—a process of investigation—that, in consonance with feminist epistemology, can problematize both the epistemological dualism based on the subject-object distinction and the ontological realism that postulates the existence of an objective reality. In this article, starting from our research experiences in using narratives, we will develop our argument in a dialogical and autoreflexive mode. We believe that the construction of narratives relates to Dona HARAWAY's feminist objectivity proposal by fomenting the generation of situated knowledge and shared conversation, offering us elements to rethink post-positivist validation of collective knowledge. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs090183

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Author Biographies

Barbara Biglia, Universitat de Barcelona
Barbara BIGLIA es profesora asociada de la Facultad de Pedagogía de la Universidad de Barcelona y coordina el Seminario Interdisciplinar de Metodologia de Investigación Feminista; es investigadora adscrita al Grup de Recerca en Educació Intercultural (GREDI) y consultora docente de la licenciatura de Psicología en la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Ha obtenido su doctorado en Psicología en 2006 con una tesis sobre relaciones de género en los movimientos sociales. Actualmente investiga sobre epistemología y metodología feministas, violencias de género, construcción de subjetividades, procesos de transformación social, metodología cualitativa.
Jordi Bonet-Martí, Universitat de Barcelona
Jordi BONET es profesor asociado de la facultad de Pedagogía de la Universidad de Barcelona, investigador del Institut de Govern i Polítiques Públiques (IGOP), consultor docente de la licenciatura de psicología en la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya y doctorando de psicología social en la Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona. Sus campos de interés son el análisis de redes sociales, la teoría fundamentada y el análisis de marcos aplicado a las políticas públicas.
How to Cite
Biglia, B., & Bonet-Martí, J. (2008). Narrative Construction as a Psychosocial Research Method: Sharing Writing Practices. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 10(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-10.1.1225