chapter  4
12 Pages

Qualitative methodology

ByTulasi Acharya

This chapter discusses the importance of narrative method to analyze the narratives of the marginalized. It also mentions the use of NVivo software to generate themes, subthemes, and coding. The chapter highlights the importance of disabled women telling stories and “provides insights not only into what is happening but also into the understanding of the people about why and how it is happening” (Feldman, Sköldberg, Brown, and Horner, 2004, p. 150). The chapter also underscores this method that serves critical theory by seeking the implicit and alternatives in the narratives and discovers socially constructed reality, false consciousness, and false intersubjectivity. The chapter discusses narrative method as a tool used to explore human experience and constructions of reality, as well as to examine personal histories, biography, life history, autobiography, fiction, nonfiction, novels, and poetry, all of which contain the reflection of lived experiences and the quest for the self. The chapter introduces Riessman’s (2008) four types of analysis – thematic, structural, dialogic, and visual analysis – and Barthes’ (1975) structural analysis, all of which discuss the meaning in terms of form and content, signifiers and signified. The chapter then prepares the reader to review and analyze the narratives of disabled women. Finally, the chapter underscores the importance of these narrative accounts in understanding the phenomenon of the lived experiences of the disabled. The richness of experience that is collected from narratives is not possible through a statistical account of people who are marginalized and disabled (Mahoney, 1991).