Narrating Oneself: Reflections on the use of Solicited Diaries with Diary Interviews


  • Charlotte Kenten King's College London



solicited diaries, diary interviews, lesbians, gay men, heterosexism, qualitative, UK


In using the solicited diaries to access the everyday ways in which self-identified lesbians and gay men are made aware of their sexuality, this paper considers the role of solicited diaries combined with diary interviews. Furthermore it draws on empirical evidence to argue that a diary interview provides a richer, deeper and contextual understanding of the documented experiences. The paper reflects on the participants' experiences of keeping the solicited diary, the narratives produced through the solicited diaries and heterosexism as one the main themes to emerge from the solicited diaries and diary interview analysis. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1002160


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Author Biography

Charlotte Kenten, King's College London

Charlotte KENTEN is a Research Fellow at King's College London in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health Sciences. Her research interests are around social identities, equality and diversity, organ donation and transplantation and qualitative methods.




How to Cite

Kenten, C. (2010). Narrating Oneself: Reflections on the use of Solicited Diaries with Diary Interviews. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 11(2).