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Kathleen Wells

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385793

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385793.001.0001

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Framework for Collection of Narrative Data

Framework for Collection of Narrative Data

(p.23) 3 Framework for Collection of Narrative Data
Narrative Inquiry

Kathleen Wells

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a framework in which to consider the collection and transcription of narratives. It frames the collection of narratives in relation to interviewing strategies employed in qualitative research. It examines how narratives are co-constructed by interviewers and interviewees in the interview process. It considers the conditions under which narratives are suppressed or performed, and discusses the professions as specific environments for narrative production. In addition, strategies to make audio recordings of narrative interviews are reviewed. Transcription of audio recordings is discussed as an interpretive practice, and specific challenges to high-quality transcription are delineated. Strategies to enhance transcription quality are identified.

Keywords:   narrative data collection, qualitative interviewing, narrative co-construction, narrative suppression, narrative performance, transcription, transcription challenges, transcription strategies

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