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Record number 435194
Title Creating scientific narratives: Experiences in contructing and interweaving empirical and theoretical plots
Author(s) Bommel, S. van; Zouwen, M.W. van der
Source In: Forest and nature governance: a practice based approach / Arts, B.J.M., Behagel, J.M., van Bommel, S., de Koning, J., Turnhout, E., Dordrecht : Springer (World forests 14) - ISBN 9789400751125 - p. 217 - 239.
Department(s) Strategic Communication
Forest and Nature Conservation Policy
Publication type Peer reviewed book chapter
Publication year 2013
Abstract Taking an interpretive perspective, this chapter argues that practice research has a narrative character in the sense that it is a speech act that retrospectively verbalises something (namely practices) that did not exist previously, and that is written from the (unique) perspective of its author. Although the narrative turn in research methodology is gaining significant scholarly attention, little is known about how scientific narratives are created by researchers and how researchers can be held accountable for them. We present two autoethnographies, to obtain insight into our own practice as scientific narrators. Our analysis reveals that our scientific narratives were created by interweaving an empirical plot and a theoretical plot. It also shows that researchers can be held accountable for their narratives by means of a ‘narrative contract’ with the narrative’s audience according to which the researchers must deliver (1) meaning, by means of a plot that offers a certain criticality (both empirically and conceptually) and (2) ‘truthfulness’, by resonating with the standards that their audience adheres to. We conclude by discussing the implications of such a narrative turn in research methodology for the conceptualisation of practices, practice based research and practice theory.
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