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The autobiographical narrative interview: a potential arena of emotional remembering, performance and reflection

The autobiographical narrative interview: a potential arena of emotional remembering, performance and reflection
The autobiographical narrative interview: a potential arena of emotional remembering, performance and reflection
This chapter critically explores the autobiographical narrative method developed by the German sociologist Fritz Schütze. We shall argue that the methodology can help to uncover domains of psycho-social experience that may be hard to reveal using other interviewing techniques. The method includes a close analysis of interview transcriptions, distinguishing particular textual, performative and affective dimensions of self narration. It can provide valuable insights into the ways in which personal experiences and emotional trajectories, partially shaped by kinship dynamics, socio-economic and political processes, can influence identity development and the formation of life attitudes. As will become clear in this chapter, the method also frequently generates a useful reflective space for interviewees, allowing them to express, communicate and work through painful or confusing past experiences. This is less likely to happen using structured and semi-structured interview techniques, where frequent questions by the interviewer can hamper a process of deep inner reflection.
Autobiographical narrative interview, Biographical methods, Reflexivity
107-126
Bloomsbury Academic
Svašek, Maruška
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Domecka, Markieta
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Skinner, Jonathan
Svašek, Maruška
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Domecka, Markieta
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Skinner, Jonathan

Svašek, Maruška and Domecka, Markieta (2013) The autobiographical narrative interview: a potential arena of emotional remembering, performance and reflection. In, Skinner, Jonathan (ed.) The Interview: An Ethnographic Approach. (Association of Social Anthropologists Monographs, 49) London, GB. Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 107-126.

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This chapter critically explores the autobiographical narrative method developed by the German sociologist Fritz Schütze. We shall argue that the methodology can help to uncover domains of psycho-social experience that may be hard to reveal using other interviewing techniques. The method includes a close analysis of interview transcriptions, distinguishing particular textual, performative and affective dimensions of self narration. It can provide valuable insights into the ways in which personal experiences and emotional trajectories, partially shaped by kinship dynamics, socio-economic and political processes, can influence identity development and the formation of life attitudes. As will become clear in this chapter, the method also frequently generates a useful reflective space for interviewees, allowing them to express, communicate and work through painful or confusing past experiences. This is less likely to happen using structured and semi-structured interview techniques, where frequent questions by the interviewer can hamper a process of deep inner reflection.

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Published date: September 2013
Keywords: Autobiographical narrative interview, Biographical methods, Reflexivity
Organisations: Geography & Environment

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Local EPrints ID: 403223
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/403223
PURE UUID: 327092e7-9901-40c8-bb60-5854540204b6
ORCID for Markieta Domecka: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8020-3075

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Date deposited: 28 Nov 2016 15:08
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:14

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