Chapter 4 Narrative and story and a being-in-the-world methodology
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Chapter 4 focuses on narrative and story, placing a language-using storytelling human being, homo narrans, in the centre. Under the hermeneutic-phenomenological assumption of pre-narrative engagement in the world it suggests a being-in-the-world narrative methodological approach. As pointed out, intelligibility of being-in-the world expresses itself as discourse, language broken up in words constitutive of stories. The suggested methodology implies understanding and interpretation and allows for different temporal orientations and multiple plots to play out. The chapter also includes a description of how empirical-oriented information has been generated and how stories emerge through the involvement of individuals representing four families, emphasizing that the researcher is not an interviewer or observer, rather a ‘story partner’. In between actualities and possibilities and with an account for what has been, stories emerge multivoicedly as voices of the living, the not living and the voice of the researcher blend.

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