Chapter 5. Ethical and Political Implications of Narrative Research

  1. Immy Holloway Professor medical sociologist1 and
  2. Holloway Freshwater Professor Director Fellow President2

Published Online: 27 OCT 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444316513.ch5

Narrative Research in Nursing

Narrative Research in Nursing

How to Cite

Holloway, I. and Freshwater, H. (2007) Ethical and Political Implications of Narrative Research, in Narrative Research in Nursing, Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444316513.ch5

Author Information

  1. 1

    Bournemouth University, UK

  2. 2

    Murdoch University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 OCT 2009
  2. Published Print: 14 FEB 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405114080

Online ISBN: 9781444316513



  • ethical and political implications of narrative research;
  • collecting, analysing and presenting data;
  • ethics, narrative identity and informed consent;
  • narrative research and components of research and therapy;
  • narrative and politics of research;
  • narrative as constructing ethics;
  • narratives - examples of actions and consequences of actions;
  • ethical research guidelines to undertake;
  • sensitive and intimate nature of researcher–participant relationship;
  • ‘typal narratives’ - social scientists relating psychological and social themes


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Ethics, narrative identity and informed consent

  • Ethics and narrative analysis

  • Confidentiality

  • Narrative and the politics of research

  • Narrative as constructing ethics

  • Summary