Narrative analysis of varied everyday lives – data workshop, March 30

Narrative Analysis of Varied Everyday Lives

Novella workshop   Monday 30 March 2015

The National Centre for Research Methods research node Novella (Narratives of Varied Everyday Lives and Linked Approaches) has been centrally concerned to examine the everyday and engage with ways of analysing it. To that end, it has focused on the everyday in the five projects that have constituted its research focus and brought together researchers from the UK, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Sweden and the USA to share reflections and analytic practices.

In this focus, Novella has drawn on the many theorisations of the everyday that have been developed over the last few decades, including practice theory and family practices. A focus on narratives has been at the heart of Novella attempts to capture the mundane, the routinized and the habitual together with the ways in which the past, present and future are key elements of social relations, practices and social change. The conferences and workshops co-convened between Novella and the UEL Centre for Narrative Research have included ‘living with the cuts’ and meaning making through narratives of everyday objects and photographs. As the site where the psychological and the social intersect, the everyday is a complex topic for inquiry that requires examining and understanding the links between society and human agency. A recent call for papers on the Sociology of the Everyday for the journal Sociology expresses the importance of studying everyday life: ‘it is evident that the micro, ordinary, banal and the familiar constitute, and are constitutive, of the wider complexities, structures and processes of the contemporary social world.’

In this final Novella workshop, some of the Novella researchers will briefly present the ways in which they engage with everyday narratives in their research, including the following: how narrative imagination makes particular futures possible; narrative accounts of fatherhood identities and practices; narratives of migration and transnational childhoods; and blog narratives of motherhood and feeding families.

Presentations will be interspersed with data analysis groups where attenders will discuss their own materials with other researchers.
Time: 11am-4pm; Place: Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education, 27 Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AA

Attendance is free, but numbers are limited for this workshop, so please respond as soon as possible by emailing Tracy Modha: t.modha@ioe.ac.uk

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