Tuesday 4th February 2020, 5– 6.30pm
Library, Thomas Coram Research Unit, 27 – 28 Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AA
All welcome, particularly graduate students.
Storytelling is first of all a way of speaking by a storyteller to an audience in a social situation – in a word, a performance (Langellier, 1989:249). People narrate their stories for a variety of reasons. For some, stories are a way to relay information. For others, stories are also an act of self-presentation. They allow people to, for example, construct who they are and perform their identity. In this study, I adopt a performance approach to personal narratives. I re-use qualitative data and draw upon narrative analysis to assess whether interventions for social isolation and loneliness are suitable and acceptable for older people from minoritised ethnic groups living in the UK. Specifically, I use dialogic/performance analysis to identify how participants use various narration styles and linguistic performance features to present and position themselves. This approach to narrative analysis can reveal participants’ attitudes and enables insight into what participants may deem appropriate, suitable, and/or acceptable. By attending to the broader cultural, historical, and social context, I explore whether these performances conform to, or resist canonical narratives. In doing so, I assess the transferability of the findings to other older, minoritised people.
This study is the fourth phase of an iterative mixed-methods study, which aims to investigate the effectiveness and suitability of social isolation and loneliness interventions for older minoritised people living in the UK. It follows on from the third phase, where I conducted a systematic review of social isolation and loneliness interventions for older people. For this analysis, I draw upon qualitative data from the second phase, where I conducted in-depth interviews with older minoritised people. The debates surrounding re-use of qualitative are discussed, as are the strengths and limitations of dialogic/performance analysis to assess the suitability and appropriateness of social isolation and loneliness interventions for this population. Not only does this study contribute to the sparse research in this area, but it also illustrates the advantages and feasibility of using narrative analysis in mixed methods research designs.
Brenda Hayanga: I am a PhD student based at UCL Institute of Education, Department of Social Science. My research straddles two fields; social gerontology and race/ethnicity studies. My main research interests are diversity in ageing, intersectionality, generalisability, mixed methods and evidence-based policy and practice.
For further details, please contact Corinne Squire at email@example.com or Brenda Hayanga, Thomas Coram Research Unit graduate partner, firstname.lastname@example.org . Details are also on the CNR blog https://centrefornarrativeresearch.wordpress.com and the CNR website