Stories Changing Lives

The Association of Narrative Research and Practice presents:

A conversation to launch the book Stories Changing Lives: Narratives and Paths toward Social Change (Corinne Squire, ed). 2021, Explorations in Narrative Psychology series, Oxford University Press

                                                                    Friday 2 July, 2021, 3-4.30pm (UK time)

Introductions: Mark Freeman, Peace Kiguwa, Ken Plummer and Corinne Squire

Roundtable with authors Molly Andrews, Jill Bradbury, Loren Cahill, Donelda Cook, Alisa Del Tufo, Michelle Fine, Shose Kessi, M. Brinton Lykes, Michael Murray, and Jennifer O’Mahoney.

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More about the book

This book:

Illuminates the political significance of narratives and illustrates their ability to be effective means of social change

Directs attention to transformational postcolonial and decolonial agendas on both micro- and macro-levels

Provides a transnational collection of topics with research from contributors in Europe, North America, Central America, and South Africa.

Personal narrative and its significance for social change is a prominent topic in the psychological and wider social sciences. Yet while the importance of narrative for social change is commonly assumed by narrative researchers, no single text addresses it exclusively and from a variety of scholarly perspectives.

Stories Changing Lives explores the strong and qualified significance of personal stories and how they catalyze and contribute to social change. The first of the book’s three sections examines the embeddedness of personal narratives within larger narratives, and how these narratives shift towards justice. The second section considers how narrative language supports and generates social change. Finally, the concluding section addresses the ways in which re-narrations of the past taking place in the present, and narrations of the future using the present and past, impact social change.

Stories Changing Lives sets out the theory and methodology underpinning a range of narrative projects that are committed to progressive change, delineating the strengths and limitations of that research. Chapters focus on projects in Africa, South and North America, and Europe, and bring to the fore the multiplicity of stories, narrative multimodalities, and the importance of intersectionality; they also highlight the interdisciplinarity, historical reach, and transnationalism of narrative research. This volume will further develop our understanding of generating narratives and pursuing social change as two intertwined processes that exemplify the personally and socially transformative characteristics of politics.


“Recommended. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals.” – D. R. Boscaljon, CHOICE

“A timely and accessible book that opens up the complex relations between personal narrative and social change that will be a valued resource for students and established scholars alike.” -Catherine Kohler Riessman, Professor Emerita, Boston University “

“This is a far reaching and innovative collection of original essays that highlight both local and global progressive political change. Taken together they show in close detail the radical implications of personal stories for changing both lives and the world. It will become vital reading for all students of narrative, politics and change.” -Ken Plummer, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Essex “

“Stories Changing Lives offers us a method, a theoretical lens of reading the social. The contributions engage the familiar and unfamiliar entanglements and connections of our lives and times. Entanglements that occur within contexts of racial, classed, gendered, spatial and other inequalities are examined with beautifully insightful vigor. Narrative’s promise to understand and theorize for social change is presented in this collective of chapters.” -Peace Kiguwa, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of the Witwatersrand “

“Now more than ever, in our current historical moment, the importance of stories to effect social justice interventions, is indisputable. This book unites narrative and social justice research and is essential reading for all who work towards the social good” -Ronelle Carolissen, Professor of Community Psychology, Faculty of Education, Stellenbosch University, South Africa “

Event contributors and book authors

Irina Anderson, Principal Lecturer in Psychology, University of East London, London, UK

Molly Andrews, Professor of Political Psychology; Co-Director, Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London, London, UK

Jill Bradbury, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Donelda Cook, Vice President for Student Development, Loyola University, Chicago, IL, US

Alisa Del Tufo, Threshold Collaborative and Groundswell – Oral History for Social Change, VT, US

Mark Freeman, Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society, Department of Psychology, College of the Holy Cross, MA, USA. Editor OUP Explorations in Narrative Psychology.

Michelle Fine, Distinguished Professor of Critical Psychology, Gender/Women’s studies and Urban Education and Co-founding faculty at The Public Science Project, Graduate Center, City University of New York, NY, US

Shose Kessi, Associate Professor, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Peace Kiguwa, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

M. Brinton Lykes, Professor, Community-Cultural Psychology and Co-Director, Center for Human Rights & International Justice, Boston College, Boston, MA, US

Elliott Mishler (deceased), Professor of Social Psychology, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA, US

Michael Murray, Emeritus Professor of Social and Health Psychology, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK.

Chinyere Okafor, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, NY, US

Jennifer O’Mahoney, Lecturer in Psychology, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland

Ann Phoenix, Professor, UCL Institute of Education, London, UK

Ken Plummer, Emeritus Professor, Essex University.

Corinne Squire, Professor of Social Sciences; co-director, Association of Narrative Research and Practice; Honorary Professor, SRI UCL; Research Associate, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa


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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For more on the book, see:

DISCOUNT CODE for 20% off the price: UK21AUTH2.


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.

Postclassical Narratology

Alber, Jan, and Monika Fludernik, eds. Postclassical Narratology. (Theory and Interpretation of Narrative). Ohio State UP, 2010.

Online at Scribd:


Online at Knowledge Bank (Ohio State U).*


_____, eds. Postclassical Narratology. Online at Scribd (Sandra Marín) 29 Feb. 2016.*


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.