Conference Essay: Public and Private Narratives

  • Vanessa May University of Leeds
Keywords: narrative, narrative analysis, qualitat­ive methods

Abstract

This essay examines a conference on narrative. The field of narrative studies is by nature interdisciplinary, which leads to certain strengths and weaknesses, both of which were evident during the conference. On the one hand, as a result of the myriad approaches to and definitions of narrative and narrative analysis, the conference perhaps lacked a sense of coherence. However, the conference showed that overriding this weak­ness in narrative studies is the fruitful cross-fertilization that can occur when a field is truly interdisciplinary. Thus, concepts and theories can and do travel from one discipline to another, gaining new meaning and providing new insight on the way. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0401192

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Author Biography

Vanessa May, University of Leeds
Vanessa MAY is Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Family, Kinship and Childhood at the University of Leeds. Her research interests include lone motherhood, post-separation/divorce family life and family law, as well as narrative and biographical research methods. She is currently working on a research project on contact and residence disputes in court.
Published
2004-01-31
How to Cite
May, V. (2004). Conference Essay: Public and Private Narratives. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 5(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-5.1.662