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Narratives of social enterprise: from biography to practice and policy critique

Froggett, Lynn and Chamberlayne, Prue (2004). Narratives of social enterprise: from biography to practice and policy critique. Qualitative Social Work, 3(1) pp. 61–77.

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Biographical methods are commonly regarded as suitable for the narrative study of individual lives. This article, drawing on a psychosocial case study of narratives in a community development setting, demonstrates their potential to make links between interpersonal, organizational and policy domains. The analysis questions the adequacy of notions of 'social enterprise' and 'active citizenship' to characterize activism, leadership and engagement in disadvantaged communities. By focusing on the intersection of personal and organizational narratives and the dynamic reflexivity of the interpretive process, the article also points to the capacity of biographical methods to enhance professional skills and understanding, and bring a new dynamic relationship between research, policy and practice.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1741-3117
Keywords: active citizenship; biographical methods; New Labour discourse; organizational narrative; psychosocial; social enterprise
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care
Item ID: 8796
Depositing User: Caroline Holland
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:03
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