‘Making narrative portraits : a methodological approach to analysing qualitative data’

Rodriguez-Dorans, E ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3863-9646 and Jacobs, P ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5593-5899 2020, '‘Making narrative portraits : a methodological approach to analysing qualitative data’' , International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 23 (6) , pp. 611-623.

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Access Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Social Research Methodology on 27th January 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13645579.2020.1719609.


This paper proposes the method of ‘narrative portraiture’, which, located within the wider field of narrative studies, offers an analytical tool to narrative data. Two research projects, one on disability and one on identity, are used to illustrate how the method can be applied. While the paper will focus on the methodological benefits and limitations of the approach, throughout the article we also highlight the ethical concern of representation. We suggest that through ‘narrative portraiture’ research findings can be contextualised in broader social narratives without losing sight of the unique personal qualities of the research encounter. Thus, we argue for the importance of bringing the participant and their everyday life experience into focus, highlighting that a portrayal of a sole story can be, not only a medium to understand a research phenomenon, but also a valuable research output in itself.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Social Research Methodology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1364-5579
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Funders: Institute for Academic Development, University of Edinburgh, through the Festival of Creative Learning fund
Depositing User: Dr Edgar Rodríguez-Dorans
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2021 10:43
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 07:23
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/61190

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