Characters in Stories of Collaboration

Paul Charles Hibbert, Peter McInnes, Chris Huxham, Nic Beech

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    To explore the ways in which narratives of collaborations tagged as successful may be constructed around common characterizations of participants, in order to provide insights to the ways in which stories may be constructed as vehicles for the adoption or adaptation of good or promising practices.

    Qualitative interview data from three collaborative situations are analysed through a narrative-centred procedure with a particular focus on micro-stories.

    The paper provides a set of recurring characterizations observed within narratives of successful collaboration and their employment within the stories offered by collaborating partners. It also suggests the relationship that these characterizations might have to the stimulation or retardation of good collaborative practices.

    Research limitations/implications
    The paper is derived from interviews in the UK context and extrapolation to other contexts seems plausible but should be conducted cautiously and with reflection.

    The particular style of narrative analysis conducted in this work has not been employed to the consideration of collaborative accounts and the characterizations derived may have utility as anchoring elements in stories of collaboration, helpful in both the elicitation and interpretation of such accounts.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)59-69
    JournalInternational Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
    Issue number1/2
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


    • Collaboration
    • Narrative
    • Storying
    • Practices


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