Research Workshop: Analysing narrative interviews in social work research
Prof. Dr. hab. Agnieszka Golczyńska-Grondas (University of Lodz)
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Riemann (Technische Hochschule Nurnberg Georg Simon Ohm)
The aim of this research workshop is to familiarise participants with a type of sociolinguistically informed textual analysis of social processes, which has emerged in the study of narrative interviews in the last decades – especially autobiographical narrative interviews, but also interviews in which narrators remember the long-term development and history of the irrelationships (e.g., social workers telling about their relationship with a client, a family, a group or community). This type of analysis, which is based on the work of the sociologist Fritz Schutze, has proved especially fruitful in biographical research and in the analysis of professional work and has been practiced in different disciplines (like sociology and educational science) and professions (especially social work).
Most of the research based on this approach has been carried out in German and Polish (see various papers in Qualitative Sociology Review 2014, Vol. X(1), which also shed light on the cooperation of German and Polish sociologists and the development of this this strand of biographical research: http://www.qualitativesociologyreview.org/ENG/volume28.php [21 February, 2019]). Since there is a growing interest in this type of analysis among scholars and students in English speaking countries and among colleagues who are not familiar with the German language we set up such research workshops in English during the annual meetings of the Network of Reconstructive Social Work in September of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and jointly analysed transcriptions of narrative interviews, which some of the participants contributed (either transcriptions of interviews which had been conducted in English or translations of interviews, which had been conducted in Polish or Spanish, into the English language). We would welcome the chance to jointly analyse such narrative interviews or other qualitative data (e.g., autobiographical writings or other kinds of open interviews which contain longer narrative or argumentative sequences) during our workshop at the Technische Hochschule Nuremberg Georg Simon Ohm from September 20 to 22, 2019.
Colleagues and students who would like to share their data with us are welcome to contact us, so we can make arrangements. But the workshop is also open to colleagues and students who would just like to familiarise themselves with this analytical approach without providing their own data. The idea is also to foster the exchange between colleagues and students from different European countries who are doing qualitative research in social work