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ERIC Number: EJ785128
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0826-4805
Truth and Form
Kvernbekk, Tone
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v38 n4 p301-315 Dec 2007
In this article I discuss some problems concerning the truth value of narratives; more specifically as this problematic is played out in empirical, narrative research. My point of departure is Jane O'Dea's critique of Denis Phillips' views of the topic. While Phillips thinks that truth (in the correspondence sense) definitely should be a concern for narrative researchers, O'Dea claims that Phillips mistakes what kind of research narrative is, and that the notion of truth he advocates therefore is inappropriate. I argue that neither of them takes into account the particular beginning-middle-ending form of narratives, which if anything makes the truth issue more complicated, but certainly not less important.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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