Challenges for Feminist Research: Contested Stories, Dominant Narratives and Narrative Frameworks

Jo Woodiwiss

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In this chapter I discuss narrative frameworks and dominant narratives. I argue for the need to go beyond the story as told to explore how and why we come to tell particular stories—often in the context of limited alternatives—and in doing so identify some of the difficulties for feminists in interrogating women’s stories. I draw on my own research on women’s engagement with narratives of childhood sexual abuse to explore how and why women might draw on such a narrative framework to construct themselves as damaged and responsible for their own unhappiness, often with no concrete memories on which to base their stories. In identifying some of the limitations of (telling) particular damage narratives the chapter also serves as a cautionary tale of the dangers of contemporary stories.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFeminist Narrative Research
Subtitle of host publicationOpportunities and Challenges
EditorsJo Woodiwiss, Kate Smith, Kelly Lockwood
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan UK
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-48568-7
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-48567-0
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017


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