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Ways of Constructing and Interpreting Conflict Narratives
Ways of constructing and interpreting conflict narratives

“[Stories] long to be used rather than analyzed, to be told and retold rather than theorized and settled.”

(Bochner, 1997, p. 434)

“… Pay attention to the details. Ultimately, they contain the whole story.”

(Goodall, 1996, p. 24)

It is important to understand how to record your conflict experiences and those of others. It is also important to learn how to reflect on and transform those field notes into conflict narratives that you can, as Bochner says, use both to represent and more deeply understand your conflicts. To achieve these goals, we need to learn the methodological principles of working with personal narratives. This chapter also draws together the theoretical framework of questions developed so far, ...

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