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ERIC Number: EJ1024267
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1542-7587
Narratives as Zones of Dialogic Constructions: A Bakhtinian Approach to Data in Qualitative Research
Vitanova, Gergana
Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, v10 n3 p242-261 2013
Narratives have become increasingly important in the field of applied linguistics, as recent publications have illustrated, yet narrative analysis could still be considered undertheorized. This article outlines a specific, dialogical approach to the narrative analysis of data in qualitative research. Building on Bakhtin's notion of dialogue, it claims that personal narratives are uniquely positioned to capture the interplay between humans' individual and autobiographic experiences on the one hand, and larger, socio-cultural discourses on the other. Narrators can actively construct relations with others and reposition themselves on the planes of both textual and visual media. The article illuminates that through strategies such as double-voicing, narratives function as a tool for repositioning, resistance, and agency.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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