Field Work Reflections: Journeys in Knowing and Not-Knowing

Roy, Alastair Neil orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-4807-7352 (2016) Field Work Reflections: Journeys in Knowing and Not-Knowing. Qualitative Social Work . pp. 1-14. ISSN 1473-3250

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In this paper, I retrace my interest in narrative forms of inquiry. I begin by revisiting a series of research projects that I conducted early in my career, describing some of my own dissatisfactions with the methods I used at the time. I move on to a detailed reexamination of my first piece of narrative research, completed during my PhD. In that project I used a narrative pointed psychosocial method in an attempt to develop new knowledge in the field of drugs, ‘race’ and ethnicity. In the final section, I consider what I have learned from this approach in terms of knowing and not-knowing and how I have used this experience to explore different approaches to narrative inquiry. I finish by drawing out some lessons I have learned from these different studies, which I hope might be of relevance to other social work researchers.

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