'That's not on message': Narrative research, challenging dominant narratives and ethical responsibilities

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Date: 18 February 2020
Venue: Room 2S705, S Block, Frenchay Campus
Venue Location: https://www2.uwe.ac.uk/services/Marketing/coming-to-uwe/pdf/Frenchay-Campus-Map.pdf
Time: 17:00 - 19:00


In this seminar, Professor Sikes will tell some stories about two auto/biographical narrative research projects she has been involved in which posed unequivocal challenges to dominant narratives with potential consequences for those they were intended to protect:.

  • One study is investigating the perceptions and experiences of children and young people who have a parent with young onset dementia
  • The other focused on secondary school teachers who had been accused of sexual misconduct that they said they hadn't committed (and which the burden of evidence suggested they were innocent of).

Narrative research, particularly perhaps narrative research following C. Wright Mills' exhortation to employ the sociological imagination to make private troubles public concerns with a view to effecting change, often elicits accounts which challenge dominant narratives.

In many respects, that's what it should do and is a key reason why many of us choose the approach. Sometimes, however, the dominant narratives that are challenged have roots in the intention to protect vulnerable – rather than powerful - individuals and groups. Challenging such narratives inevitably raises ethical questions for researchers, funding bodies and the wider community.

This seminar is free to attend but registration is essential (see More Information below) or register your attendance here.

Cost: Free to attend
Contact: Dr Helen Bovill
Telephone: +44 117 32 84152
E-mail: Helen2.Bovill@uwe.ac.uk

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