Researching Family Narratives

Association of Narrative Research and Practice

Researching family narratives (Phoenix, Brannen and Squire, 2021) book launch

Friday June 25, 2021, 2-3.30pm UK time

You’re invited to the launch of Researching family narratives. This edited book guides students and researchers through the processes of researching everyday stories about families. Come along to e-meet the authors, ask questions, and discuss with them the contemporary value of narrative research into families’ everyday worlds.

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Introduction to the book:  Ros Edwards

Why ‘Researching family narratives’? Ann Phoenix,Julia Brannen, Molly Andrews and Corinne Squire

Roundtable: The research behind the book, and its significance for future research. Janet Boddy, Rebecca O’Connell, Catherine Walker and Joe Winter.

Questions and discussion


More about the book:

Showcasing the wide range methods and data sources currently used in narrative research, the book features:

Examples of real research into historical and contemporary family practices from around the world.

Coverage of both traditional and cutting-edge topics, like multi-method approaches, online research, and paradata.

Practical advice from leading figures in the field on how to incorporate these methods and data sources into family narrative research.

With accessible language and features that help readers reflect on and internalize key concepts, this book helps readers navigate researching family lives with confidence and ease.

Table Of Contents:

Chapter 1: Researching family narratives Page 2

Chapter 2: Multi-method approaches in narrative family research across majority and minority worlds

Chapter 3: Secondary analysis of narrative data

Chapter 4: Carrying out narrative analysis on archival data

Chapter 5: Paradata: A narrative secondary analysis

Chapter 6: Researching mothers’ online blog narratives

Chapter 7: Becoming reflexive doctoral researchers: An experiment in collaborative reflexivity using a narrative approach

Chapter 8: The ethics of data re-use and secondary data analysis in narrative inquiry

Chapter 9: Endnote


Ann Phoenix is Professor of Psychosocial Studies at UCL and Guest Professor at Umea University. Her research interests are psychosocial, including motherhood, family lives, social identies, young people, racialisation and gender. She has particular interests in qualitative and mixed methods, reuse of data and narrative research.

Julia Brannen is Emerita Professor of the Sociology of the Family at Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education. Her research interests include families and intergenerational relations, the work-family interface and food in families. She has a special interest in methodology, include mixed methods, comparative cross-national research and biographical approaches. Her most recent book is Social research matters (2019).

Corinne Squire is Honorary Professor at UCL Social Research Institute. She is a co-director of the Association of Narrative Research and Practice and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Research interests include narrative theory and methods, HIV and citizenships, subjectivities and popular culture, and refugee education and politics. Her most recent edited collection is Stories changing lives (2021).

Molly Andrews is Honorary Professor, University College London and Co-Director of the Association of Narrative Research and Practice. Her research interests include political narratives, the psychological basis of political commitment, political identity, and intergenerational dialogue.

Rosalind Edwards is Professor of Sociology at the University of Southampton, UK. She is a co-editor of the International Journal of Social Research Methodology, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She has researched and published widely in the area of family studies and qualitative research methodologies, including co-authoring Challenging the politics of early intervention (2017) and co-developing the breadth-and-depth method for working with large amounts of qualitative data.

Janet Boddy is Professor of Child, Youth and Family Studies in the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth at the University of Sussex ( Her research is concerned with family lives and services for children and families, in the UK and internationally. She has a particular interest in research ethcs, and in cross-national and qualitative methodologies.

ˆRebecca O’Connell is Reader in the Sociology of Food and Families at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, University College London (UCL) Institute of Education. She is co-author, with Julia Brannen, of Food, families and work (2016) and with Abigail Knight and Julia Brannen, of Living hand to mouth: children and food in low-income families. She has expertise in mixed and qualitative methods.

Catherine Walker is Research Associate in the Sustainable Consumption Institute, University of Manchester. Since completing her PhD on the NOVELLA node, Catherine has further developed her interests in children and young people’s environmental concerns and engagements with sustainability through research projects in Brazil and the UK, and teaching in sociology and human geography.

Joe Winter continues to draw on narrative methods in his applied therapeutic work and ongoing training in psychotherapy. Since completing his PhD on NOVELLA, Joe has worked as a Clinician in Children’s Social Care in Cambridge, and is now working as a Family and Relationship Counsellor for Relate, as well as teaching in the Psychology Department of Anglia Ruskin University.

Handbook for Narrative Analysis

De Fina, Anna, and Alexandra Georgakopoulou, eds. The Handbook of Narrative Analysis. (Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics). Chichester: Wiley, 2015.* (I. Narrative Foundations: Knowledge, Learning, and Experience. II. Time-Space Organization. III. Narrative Interaction. IV. Stories in Social Practices. V. Performing Self, Positioning Others).

Online at King’s College.