Article

Tensions and aporias in the narrative construction of lives

Citation

Watson C (2008) Tensions and aporias in the narrative construction of lives. Qualitative Research, 8 (3), pp. 333-337. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794106093629

Abstract
Narratives teach us how to conceive of ourselves, in two interrelated ways. The way in which we experience narrative becomes an important organizing principle for our understanding of how lives are lived; and the narratives that surround us teach us about our world and how to narrate our place within it. Narratives therefore enable us to make sense of our lives. But narrative is a paradoxical form suspended between the expected and the unexpected, which drives it forward but also constantly threatens to undermine it. This article explores the paradoxical nature of narrative and the tensions that this gives rise to in considering the narrative construction of lives.

Keywords
desire; story; narrative; discourse; narratology; Discourse analysis, Narrative

Journal
Qualitative Research: Volume 8, Issue 3

StatusPublished
Publication date31/07/2008
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/3395
PublisherSage
ISSN1468-7941