Narrative Research Methods, Particularly Focused upon Digital Technology Use in Everyday Life
Narratives are an important part of how people make sense of their lives and how they find meaning in their world. Given this, increasing attention is being paid to all aspects of narratives in everyday life and to the prominence of narrative research. Areas of narrative research that currently attract attention include: collecting the narratives that people share with each other; analysis of what makes a compelling narrative; and evaluation of how to construct a good basic narrative and then make it more enticing and compelling for the target audience. All of these areas are addressed in this chapter, with most attention being paid to the kinds of narrative research methods of particular relevance to the investigation of digital technology use in everyday life. Narrative research is a qualitative methodology with a particular focus on individuals’ stories. It is focused upon uncovering the meanings that people assign to objects, events and behaviours. In this chapter, an overview will be provided into narrative research methodology including (online) narrative interviewing, naturally occurring data (e.g. online stories), participatory methods and mixed methods (combining offline and online environments).
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