In recent decades, there has been a substantial turn towards narrative and life history study. The embrace of narrative and life history work has accompanied the move to postmodernism and post-structuralism across a wide range of disciplines: sociological studies, gender studies, cultural studies, social history; literary theory; and, most recently, psychology.

Written by leading international scholars from the main contributing perspectives and disciplines, The Routledge International Handbook on Narrative and Life History seeks to capture the range and scope as well as the considerable complexity of the field of narrative study and life history work by situating these fields of study within the historical and contemporary context. Topics covered include:

• The historical emergences of life history and narrative study

• Techniques for conducting life history and narrative study

• Identity and politics

• Generational history

• Social and psycho-social approaches to narrative history

With chapters from expert contributors, this volume will prove a comprehensive and authoritative resource to students, researchers and educators interested in narrative theory, analysis and interpretation.

part |2 pages

PART I Life histories and narratives

chapter |8 pages

Introduction: Life histories and narratives

ByIvor Goodson

chapter 1|12 pages

The rise of the life narrative

ByIvor Goodson

chapter 2|11 pages

The story of life history

ByIvor Goodson

chapter 3|15 pages

How stories found a home in human personality

ByDan P. McAdams

chapter 5|12 pages

What have you got when you’ve got a life story?

ByPat Sikes, Ivor Goodson

chapter 6|17 pages

Techniques for doing life history

ByIvor Goodson, Pat Sikes

chapter 7|13 pages

The story so far: Personal knowledge and the political

ByIvor Goodson

chapter 8|14 pages

Always a story

ByMike Hayler

chapter 9|13 pages

On coming to narrative and life history

ByKeith Turvey

part |2 pages

PART II Methodological and sociological approaches

chapter |13 pages

Introduction: In search of life history

ByAri Antikainen

chapter 10|12 pages

The quest for lived truths: Modifying methodology

ByDevorah Kalekin-Fishman

chapter 11|11 pages

Analyzing novelty and pattern in institutional life narratives

ByJaber F. Gubrium, James A. Holstein

chapter 16|11 pages

A psycho-societal approach to life histories

ByHenning Salling Olesen

chapter 17|12 pages

Working-life stories

ByKarolina J. Dudek

chapter 19|11 pages

Researching higher education students’ biographical learning

ByAgnieszka Bron

chapter 20|11 pages

The narrative interview – method, theory and ethics: Unfolding a life

ByMarianne Horsdal

part |2 pages

PART III Political narratives and the study of lives

chapter |7 pages

Introduction: Political narratives and the study of lives

ByMolly Andrews

chapter 21|13 pages

Narrative power, sexual stories and the politics of story telling

ByKen Plummer

chapter 22|12 pages

Immutability blues: Stories of queer identity in an age of tolerance

BySuzanna Danuta Walters

chapter 24|13 pages

Aleksandr (Sasha) Pechersky (1909–1990): In search of a life story

BySelma Leydesdorff

chapter 25|13 pages

Saffron and Orange: Religion, nation and masculinity in Canada and India

ByIndia Paul Nesbitt-Larking, Catarina Kinnvall

chapter 28|12 pages

The politics of personal HIV stories

ByCorinne Squire

part |2 pages

PART IV Ethical approaches

chapter 31|13 pages

Ethical considerations entailed by a relational ontology in narrative inquiry

ByD. Jean Clandinin, Vera Caine, Janice Huber

chapter 35|11 pages

How stories of illness practice moral life

ByArthur W. Frank

chapter 36|12 pages

The ethics of researching and representing dis/ability

ByDan Goodley, Rebecca Lawthom

chapter 40|5 pages

Ethics and the writing of After a Fall: A Sociomedical Sojourn

ByLaurel Richardson

chapter 41|14 pages

Ethics and the tyranny of narrative

ByClive Baldwin

chapter 42|19 pages

The door and the dark: Trouble telling tales

ByMalcolm Reed

chapter 44|12 pages

Lingering ethical tensions in narrative inquiry

ByWill van den Hoonaard

chapter 47|13 pages

Narrative ethics

ByDerek M. Bolen, Tony E. Adams