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Narrative stability in interview accounts

Atkinson, Paul ORCID: and Sampson, Catherine ORCID: 2019. Narrative stability in interview accounts. International Journal of Social Research Methodology 22 (1) , pp. 55-66. 10.1080/13645579.2018.1492365

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We identify and discuss the phenomenon of narrative stability, in the context of current methodological literature on interviewing. It derives from two independent studies, undertaken fifteen years apart, of members of the same genetics research group who were interviewed by different researchers. The first (‘Discovery’) interviews were collected very soon after the breakthrough was first published. The second (‘Legacy’) interviews were based on informants looking back at those events. Some strikingly similar narrative episodes across those accounts suggest strong narrative stability. In the course of interviews, informants reproduce biographical stories that are well sedimented. Not all interview materials, therefore, should be thought of exclusively in terms of co-production between interviewer and informant

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
ISSN: 1364-5579
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 October 2018
Date of Acceptance: 20 June 2018
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2023 18:08

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