Written for professionals working with children and young people who require support, assessment, or intervention at home or in school, this interdisciplinary book explores everything from the legislative background and foundations of ideas in the social sciences, to dealing with children's distress, fear, or special needs in professional practice. This book is an excellent resource for those who either work with children in CAMHS settings, social work, youth work, counseling, psychology, general education and special educational needs, or who are undertaking professional training in any of the above fields.
Chapter 9: Narrative Science
The chief characteristic of the specifically human life … is that it is always full of events which ultimately can be told as a story … (Arendt, 1958: 72)
The apparent contradiction inherent within the term ‘narrative science’ may be difficult for some to resolve. At one extreme there could be those among you who have been immersed in one of the natural sciences and who would regard all aspirations or claims made by any of the social sciences to be real science to be deeply flawed and at the very least inferior in their claims to truth. Then there will be those social scientists engaged in what they regard as scientific research (which for the last hundred years has tended to mean ...