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Troubling Method

Narrative Research as Being

Petra Munro Hendry, Roland Mitchell and Paul Eaton

Troubling Method seeks to extract narrative inquiry from method. The shift to a post-humanist, post-qualitative moment is not just another stage in modernism that seeks to "improve" knowledge production, but is a shift to understanding research as an ontology, a way of being in the world, rather than a mode of production. Fundamental assumptions of research: method, data, analysis, and findings are deconstructed and reconfigured as a mode of relational intra-action.

Troubling Method is constructed as a dialogue between the three authors, focusing on their work as qualitative, narrative researchers. The authors revisit six previously published works in which they grapple with the contradictions and ironies of engaging in pragmatist, critical, and feminist qualitative research. After a lengthy introduction which problematizes "method," the book is divided into three sections, each with two chapters that are bracketed by an introduction to the issues discussed in the chapters and then a "dialogue interlude" in which the authors deliberate what makes possible the questions they are raising about method and narrative research. The three sections attend to the central premises of "narrative research as being": 1) relationships, 2) listening, and 3) unknowing.

Troubling Method is ideal for introductory or advanced courses in qualitative research, narrative inquiry, educational research, and those aimed at employing critical theories in qualitative and narrative inquiry.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Hendry, Petra Munro, author. Mitchell, Roland (Roland W.), author. | Eaton, Paul William, author. Title: Troubling method: narrative research as being / Petra Munro Hendry, Roland W. Mitchell, and Paul William Eaton. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2018. Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2018009177 | ISBN 978-1-4331-5539-0 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4331-5540-6 (paperback) | ISBN 978-1-4331-5541-3 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-5542-0 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-5543-7 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Narrative inquiry (Research method) Classification: LCC H61.295.H46 2017 | DDC 300.72/3—dc23 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2018009177 DOI 10.3726/b13376 Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de/.

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