A Narrative Approach to Organization Studies (Qualitative by Barbara Czarniawska

By Barbara Czarniawska

From developing the fieldwork to writing up the study, this quantity takes readers during the narrative method of qualitative examine with a spotlight on association reviews. encouraged by means of the paintings of Bakhtin, Eco, Rorty and Silverman, the writer demonstrates that narratives are nonetheless the most providers of data in all societies.

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Why did the people who I was to shadow agree to let me do it? Because they didn't know what they were in for? ) or professionally (university professors in Warsaw apparently don't run around with tape recorders), and yet she agreed without asking for any additional information. FD is a woman of my own age with a diploma in economics from the agricultural university, a fact which is sometimes taken up by her enemies. It would be interesting to know how she perceives me, a person with a similar diploma from a school across the street.

But these tender and ephemeral illusions do not eliminate the irreducible sense of strangeness. With luck, the visitor may be regarded as an uninformed but well-meaning researcher-a euphemism for a harmless idiot or a nuisance. Anthropological tales from the field sometimes frame the researcher as the fool , but it seems to me that the role of the fool, so close to the trickster 25 and other seemingly harmless but actually powerful figures, is aspired to, and perhaps given to, men. A woman may choose between being just silly or simply being uninformed.

Also, although it is less acute in fieldwork, the sense of "being dumb," of continually running up against blank walls, implies something of a confrontation with an alien culture. Such aspects are rarely taken up in retlection on access problems. It is assumed that access is a process that ends when the collection of material in the field actually begins, a process of seeking access that precedes the moment of securing it. Difficulties in securing formal permission to do a study can be formidable and in some extreme cases can produce the only story there is (G.

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