‘Narratives and the everyday’. Ann Phoenix Doing Narrative Research. In association with the University of Sussex. Increasing social science and humanities focus on the everyday. The everyday is central to the understanding of identities, agency and social life (Silva and Bennett, 2004).
‘Narratives and the everyday’
Doing Narrative Research
In association with the University of Sussex
‘In each case, doing-cooking is the medium for a basic, humble, and persistent practice that is repeated in time and space, rooted in the fabric of relationships to others and to one’s self, marked by the ‘family saga’ and the history of each, bound to childhood memory just like rhythms and seasons. ... A woman’s worry: ‘Will the cake be moist enough?; a woman’s observation: ‘These tomatoes are not very juicy, I’ll have to add some water while they cook.’ A transmission of knowledge: ‘My mother (or aunt or grandmother) always told me to add a drop of vinegar to grilled pork ribs.’ A series of techniques [tours de main] that one must observe before being able to imitate them: ‘To loosen a crêpe, you give the pan a sharp rap, like this.’ These are multifaceted activities that people consider very simple or even a little stupid, except in the rare cases where they are carried out with a certain degree of excellence, with extreme refinement—but then it becomes the business of great chefs, who of course, are men.
...This culinary work is alleged to be devoid of mystery and grandeur, but it unfurls in a complex montage of things to be done according to a predetermined chronological sequence, planning, organizing, and shopping; preparing and serving; clearing, putting away and tidying up. It haunts the memories of novelists...’
For everyday life studies, Foucault could act as a kind of caution for any one claiming too hastily that the attention towards everyday life... is simply beneficial, and needs to be encouraged...the everyday has been continually invaded by a certain scrutiny for the effective governance of social subjects.... and for the most part that scrutiny has accompanied the policing of everyday life. Sexual practices, hygiene, family life, work regimes, diet, have continually been seen as the province of governmental agents. (Highmore, 2002: 11)
Narratives of Varied Everyday Lives and Linked Approaches
CONCEPTUAL CONNECTIONS & METHODOLOGY
TRAINING & CAPACITY BUILDING
Narratives, practices and identities
Secondary narrative analysis
Ann Phoenix; Janet Boddy; Julia Brannen; Rebecca O’Connell; Heather Elliott; Jane Elliott; Abigail Knight; Natasha Shukla; Claire Cameron; Rowena Lamb (Administrator); Molly Andrews; Corinne Squire; Gina Crivello; Ginny Morrow; Emma Wilson; Uma Vennam; Madhavi Latha; Catherine Walker; Joe Winter