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    The Story Perspective - The Use of Individual Life Narratives in Understanding Development Effects and Processes


    Thompson, Alfred (2011) The Story Perspective - The Use of Individual Life Narratives in Understanding Development Effects and Processes. Research and Perspectives on Development Practice, 10. ISSN 2009-6976

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    Abstract

    Life as lived is personal. There is no other way to experience life except from the perspective of and from inside the body, h eart and mind of a person. Development, and everything to do with de velopment, is also personal. And there is no other way to experie nce development except from the perspective of and from inside the body, heart and mind of a person. What I have called ‘the story per spective’ draws on the personal, lesh and blood, life as lived, indivi dual stories of people’s lives in development situations in order to see mor e clearly the true nature of development effects and processes. The un ique combination of emotional and rational knowledge contained withi n life stories can give us a broader perspective on the human face of development, a perspective that I believe is needed to compliment and balance the facts of ‘the measurement perspective’, and the ins ights of ‘the theory perspective’. This paper, which is based on a disse rtation written for the Kimmage Development Studies Centre, argues that ‘the story perspective’ contributes an essential, and often ne glected, human and personal dimension to development work and debates.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Research and Perspectives on Development Practice Series Paper No. 10
    Keywords: Individual Life Narratives; Understanding Development; Effects and Processes; Kimmage Development Studies Centre;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > International Development
    Item ID: 9955
    Depositing User: IR Editor
    Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2018 16:43
    Journal or Publication Title: Research and Perspectives on Development Practice
    Publisher: Kimmage Development Studies Centre
    Refereed: Yes
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