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Narrative in Social Research: Between Tradition and Innovation

TitleNarrative in Social Research: Between Tradition and Innovation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsCatone M C, Diana P
Secondary TitleItalian Journal of Sociology of Education
Date Published07/2019
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number 2035-4983
Keywordsdigital methods, empirical research, everyday life, narrative, qualitative methods

The interest of sociologists in narratives has become more profound in the last few decades due to the growing awareness that narratives are an inherent part of everyday life and are directly linked with the construction of our identity. Narrative takes on an even more signi cant role when contextualized in a contemporary society in which technologies are increasingly ubiquitous and are embedded in our everyday life. In this article, a er having carried out a theoretical overview of the role of narrative in sociological analysis, we focus on the techniques of social research that adopt the narrative approach in the understanding of contemporary society. On this point, the main characteristics and the similarities and di erences between traditional and emerging digital empirical techniques, are examined. In particular, the so-called digital methods and the subsequent changes in the implementation of social research are explored, taking into account the sociological need to identify a narrative dimension capable of making connections between the complex set of digital traces, information and data.