Narrative and narrative enquiry in health and social sciences
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Narrative and narrative enquiry in health and social sciences

Claudia KY Lai Associate professor, School of Nursing, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China

Claudia KY Lai looks at the building blocks of narrative and how it can be used as a research tool

Increasingly, narrative and life story are being used in health and social sciences, and other disciplines. Narrative analysis assumes multiple forms in a variety of analytic practices, with no single or correct way to analyse stories. This paper explores the concepts and meanings of narrative and narrative enquiry; their ontology and epistemology, and their use as a research method will be discussed as well. Ethics will be addressed briefly. This paper will help readers to grasp the essential elements in understanding narrative and narrative enquiry.

Nurse Researcher. 17, 3, 72-84. doi: 10.7748/nr2010.04.17.3.72.c7748

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