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Title: A qualitative method for analysing multivoicedness
Authors: Aveling, Emma-Louise
Gillespie, Alex
Cornish, Flora
First Published: 11-Nov-2014
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Qualitative Research November 11, 2014 1468794114557991
Abstract: ‘Multivoicedness’ and the ‘multivoiced Self’ have become important theoretical concepts guiding research. Drawing on the tradition of dialogism, the Self is conceptualized 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 paper, 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.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1468794114557991
ISSN: 1468-7941
eISSN: 1741-3109
Version: Publisher version (Publisher PDF)
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © The Author(s) 2014 CC BY
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Health Sciences

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