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A qualitative method for analysing multivoicedness

Aveling, Emma-Louise, Gillespie, Alex ORCID: 0000-0002-0162-1269 and Cornish, Flora ORCID: 0000-0002-3404-9385 (2015) A qualitative method for analysing multivoicedness. Qualitative Research, 15 (6). pp. 670-687. ISSN 1468-7941

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1468794114557991


‘Multivoicedness’ and the ‘multivoiced Self’ have become important theoretical concepts guiding research. Drawing on the tradition of dialogism, the Self is conceptualised as being constituted by a multiplicity of dynamic, interacting voices. Despite the growth in literature and empirical research, there remains a paucity of established methodological tools for analysing the multivoiced Self using qualitative data. In this article, we set out a systematic, practical ‘how-to’ guide for analysing multivoicedness. Using theoretically derived tools, our three-step method comprises: identifying the voices of I-positions within the Self’s talk (or text), identifying the voices of ‘inner-Others’, and examining the dialogue and relationships between the different voices. We elaborate each step and illustrate our method using examples from a published paper in which data were analysed using this method. We conclude by offering more general principles for the use of the method and discussing potential applications.

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Additional Information: © 2014 The Author © CC BY 3.0
Divisions: Methodology
Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2014 12:59
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2024 06:30
Projects: WT097899MA
Funders: Wellcome Trust

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