From the very conception of this book project, we have been concerned about the confusion that can arise for novice researchers due to the lack of transparency in the various ways narrative methods are theorised and applied. As we have seen in the previous chapters, research that is informed by narrative can take a variety of forms, and may be called any number of things (narrative inquiry, narrative studies, narrative research, narrative focus). As Rachael and elke pointed out in Chap. 1 (this volume), this can be viewed as either a strength or a weakness; as diverse applications of a flexible approach, and/or as inconsistent interpretations of theory. There are certainly examples of both, and the difference is not always clear. Our intention in this chapter is to explore the current and future perspectives on working with narrative methods, by drawing on the perspectives of leading scholars in the field.
Narrative research in practice: stories from the field / Dwyer, Rachael, Davis, Ian, Emerald, Elke (eds): pp.225-238