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Narrative Networks
Storied Approaches in a Digital Age

  • Brian Alleyne - Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, University of London, UK


December 2014 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"We are invited to think about the now ubiquitous everyday practices of interpreting and producing narratives across a range of modalities. The result is a text that inspires readers to think in new ways about narratives, invites them to analyse narrative texts available on the Web and, for those who wish, suggests how best to employ specialist software."
- Ann Phoenix, Institute of Education, University of London

"It’s high time we have a book like this. Brian Alleyne has managed to produce the best, clearest, and most comprehensive overview of narrative theory for social scientists I have yet to see. I wish I’d had access to a book like this when I was a student. It would have made my life so much easier. It will surely become the universally recognised go-to book on the subject."
- David Graeber, London School of Economics & Political Science

Narrative is a fundamental means whereby we make sense of our own lives and of the world around us. The stories we tell, and are being told, shape our identities, relationships and world-views. In a rapidly changing digital society where blogging and social networking have become fundamental communication channels, the platforms for the creation and exchange of all kinds of narratives have greatly expanded.

This book responds to the dynamic production and consumption of stories of all kinds in popular and academic cultures. It offers a comprehensive discussion of the underlying philosophical and methodological issues of narrative and personal narrative research as well as applying these to the current digital landscape. The book provides practical guidance on data management and use of software for the narrative researcher.

Illustrated with examples from a range of fields and disciplines as well as the author’s own work on hacking cultures and cultural activism, this title is a must for anyone wanting to learn about narrative approaches in social research and how to conduct successful narrative research in a digital age.
 
Introduction
 
In the Beginning There Was the Social Explorer
 
Narrative Ways of Knowing
 
Analyzing Narrative
 
Narrative at Work in the World
 
Constructing Narrative
 
Techniques and Tools for the Narrative Researcher
 
CODA

In a context where both narrative research and analysis of social media are burgeoning, Narrative Networks achieves something new by examining the multiple ways in which narratives and information technology interweave. Drawing on his extensive experience of digital technology, Alleyne crafts a scholarly text that presents ontology, epistemology, literature and history in engaging and insightful ways. We are invited to think about the now ubiquitous everyday practices of interpreting and producing narratives across a range of modalities. The result is a text that inspires readers to think in new ways about narratives, invites them to analyse narrative texts available on the Web and, for those who wish, suggests how best to employ specialist software.

Ann Phoenix
Institute of Education, University of London

It’s high time we have a book like this. Brian Alleyne has managed to produce the best, clearest, and most comprehensive overview of narrative theory for social scientists I have yet to see. I wish I’d had access to a book like this when I was a student. It would have made my life so much easier. It will surely become the universally recognised go-to book on the subject.

 

 

David Graeber
Professor of Anthropology, London School of Economics & Political Science

The templates and examples are very concrete and up-to-date; a researcher new to this field would really be able to kickstart his work with them. Alleyne uses an inviting style of writing; in fact, just as he advocates in one of the chapters. I found many positive aspects to this book, and do not hesitate to recommend it.

Ton van Oosterhout
KWALON

We are a group of staff who are looking to maintain the currency of our learning and teaching practices and this text has helped us and our students gain insight into new approaches.

Dr Abbe Brady
School of Sport & Leisure, Gloucestershire University
October 9, 2016

We are a group of staff who are looking to maintain the currency of our learning and teaching practices and this text has helped us and our students gain insight into new approaches.

Dr Abbe Brady
School of Sport & Leisure, Gloucestershire University
October 9, 2016

We are a group of staff who are aiming to maintain the currency of our teaching and learning practices and this text has been a valuable resource for providing insights to new practices.

Dr Abbe Brady
School of Sport & Leisure, Gloucestershire University
October 9, 2016

although this is an interesting book, it is too specific for using it in a general course on qualitative methods.

Professor Reitske Meganck
Dept of Psycho-Analysis, University of Ghent
April 6, 2016

This book is very accessible, yet sophisticated. It is excellent for all narrative research students, whether they intend to use e-sources or not.

Mrs Tania Wiseman
School of Health Professions, University of Brighton
March 15, 2016

It supports research in this area

Dr Juliet Thondhlana
School of Education, Nottingham University
March 12, 2015

An excellent book for Masters level students, and beyond.

Mrs Tania Wiseman
School of Health Professions, Brighton University
February 26, 2015

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Storied Approaches in a Digital Age: Chapter 1


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Brian Alleyne

Brian Alleyne is a sociologist interested in social movements, information technology, and ethnographic and narrative research methods. He worked as a computer programmer before studying sociology and development studies at the University of the West Indies. After a period in New York, where he studied sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and then worked as a research assistant at the CLR James Institute, he moved to the United Kingdom. He gained a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge in 1999 and began teaching sociology at Goldsmiths in that same year. For some years, he was a volunteer at the George Padmore... More About Author

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