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Approaching life story interviews as sites of interaction: Integrating conversation analysis with a life story approach
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2231-6386
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8423-8125
2019 (English)In: Qualitative Research Journal, ISSN 1443-9883Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore what conversation analysis has to offer when analysing a series of life story interviews aiming to capture how reading and texts are used in a rural working-class man’s identity construction.

Design/methodology/approach

The conversation analysis methodology with its explicit focus on embodied social action, activity and conduct in interaction is integrated with a life story approach when analysing and describing the identity constructing processes that take place in life story interview settings.

Findings

Through a close and detailed analysis of the interaction between interviewer and interviewee, and by focusing and highlighting the phenomena and identities that are oriented to in the face-to-face interaction here and now (and in relation to there and then), descriptions of the complex and dynamic identity constructing processes that are set into play in the life story interview are possible.

Research limitations/implications

It is argued that the approach has a lot to offer when approaching life story data, and thus is a method that can increase the transparency in life story interview research.

Originality/value

The paper explores the intersection of what is often seen as diametrically opposed forms of analysis: conversation analysis and narrative inquiry.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2019.
Keywords [en]
Identity, Qualitative methods, Conversation analysis, narrative, Life story interviews
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Pedagogical Work
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Educational Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-76130DOI: 10.1108/QRJ-03-2019-0033ISI: 000504744000001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-76130DiVA, id: diva2:1382864
Available from: 2020-01-06 Created: 2020-01-06 Last updated: 2020-01-09Bibliographically approved

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