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25 Pages

Narrative inquiry in public network research

WithJennifer Dodge, Angel Saz-Carranza, Sonia M. Ospina

This chapter identifies four traditions of narrative inquiry and three network forms commonly studied in public administration. We cross these categorizations to identify twelve possible approaches to study networks using narrative analysis. We review the theoretical assumptions and methodologies of five approaches used in the literature, providing examples. Our aims are to clarify these approaches and illustrate their contributions to illuminating the subjectivity of network actors, the meanings network actors hold about their experience, and the ways narratives shape networks and their role in society. We assess unexplored applications of narrative inquiry and provide avenues for future research to address critical questions in the field.