Narrative Turn or Blind Alley?

@article{Atkinson1997NarrativeTO,
  title={Narrative Turn or Blind Alley?},
  author={Paul Anthony Atkinson},
  journal={Qualitative Health Research},
  year={1997},
  volume={7},
  pages={325 - 344}
}
  • P. Atkinson
  • Published 1 August 1997
  • Sociology
  • Qualitative Health Research
Sociologists, anthropologists, and others are paying increasing attention to the collection and analysis of personal narratives. This is true of qualitative health research, where narratives of suffering and illness have been granted special status. The article endorses a narrative approach but offers a criticism of research in which narratives are regarded as offering the analyst privileged access to personal experience. It is suggested that an appeal to narratives too often includes… 

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