Methodological Readings

Banks, A., & Banks, S. P. (Eds.). (1998). Fiction and social research. Walnut Creek: Altamira Press.

Caulley, D. N. (2008). Making Qualitative Research Reports Less Boring: The Techniques of Writing Creative Nonfiction. [Article]. Qualitative Inquiry, 14(3), 424-449. doi: 10.1177/1077800407311961

Clough, P. (2002). Narratives and fictions in educational research. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Gutkind, L. & Fletcher, H. (Eds.) (2008). Keep it real: Everything you need to know about researching and writing creative nonfiction. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.

Inkle, K. (2010). Telling tales? Using ethnographic fictions to speak embodied ‘truth.’ Qualitative Research, 10(1), 27-47.

Jones, R. L. (2011). Leaving. Qualitative Inquiry, 17(7), 631-638.

Leavy, P. (2012). Fiction and the feminist academic novel. Qualitative Inquiry, 18(6), 516-522.

Piper, H., & Sikes, P. (2010). All teachers are vulnerable but especially gay teachers: using composite fictions to protect research participants in pupil-teacher sex-related research. Qualitative Inquiry, 16(7), 566-574.

Ungar, M. (2011). The social worker—a novel: the advantages of fictional re-presentations of life narratives. Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies, 11(3), 290-302.

Vickers, M. H. (2010). The Creation of Fiction to Share Other Truths and Different Viewpoints: A Creative Journey and an Interpretive Process. Qualitative Inquiry, 16(7), 556-565. doi: 10.1177/1077800410371922

Watson, C. (2011). Staking a small claim for fictional narratives in social and educational research. Qualitative Research, 11(4), 395-408. doi: 10.1177/1468794111404317


Examples of Fictional Representation

Angrosino, M. (1998). Opportunity house: Ethnographic stories of mental retardation. Walnut Creek: Altamira Press.

Hecht, T. (2006). After life: An ethnographic novel. Durham & London: Duke University Press.

Krieger, S. (1983). The mirror dance: Identity in a women’s community. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Mechling, J. (2001). On my honor: Boy Scouts and the making of American youth. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Pfohl, S. (1992). Death at the parasite cafe. New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Wolf, M. (1992). A thrice told tale: Feminism, postmodernism and ethnographic responsibility. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.