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Being both narrative practitioner and academic researcher: A reflection on what thematic analysis has to offer narratively informed research

Lainson, Kristina; Braun, Virginia; Clarke, Victoria

Authors

Kristina Lainson

Virginia Braun



Abstract

What opportunities are there for narrative practitioners to engage in academic research whilst retaining an alignment with poststructuralist ideas, feminist commitments and narrative practice principles? This paper considers Virginia Braun and Victoria Clarke’s model of thematic analysis (TA) as an approach which can overcome some of the tensions that arise when integrating both narrative practitioner and researcher stance. Drawing on one practitioner-researcher’s experience of navigating some of these dilemmas and incorporating a rich discussion of some of the heritages, understandings and intentions that underpin TA and its development, this paper seeks to assist, inform and encourage narrative practitioners who are reaching for approaches that offer a good fit for their research hopes and aims.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 17, 2019
Journal International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work
Electronic ISSN 1446-5019
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2019
Issue 4
APA6 Citation Lainson, K., Braun, V., & Clarke, V. (2019). Being both narrative practitioner and academic researcher: A reflection on what thematic analysis has to offer narratively informed research. International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, 2019(4),
Keywords Qualitative research, narrative practice, practitioner-researcher
Publisher URL https://dulwichcentre.com.au/international-journal-of-narrative-therapy-and-community-work/

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