NOVELLA - Narratives of Varied Everyday Lives and Linked Approaches
Principal Investigator: Professor Ann Phoenix
NOVELLA was concerned with the everyday habitual practices of families. These are frequently taken for granted, but orientation to the social world and what people do are (at least partly) negotiated within families. ‘Disconnections' between people's narratives and actions also tell us about their identities, values and possible future actions.
NOVELLA's aim was to
- develop and conduct high-quality secondary analyses on qualitative and quantitative data sets
- deliver innovative methodological development within the substantive study of habitual practices in everyday
family life by exploiting existing datasets for three different purposes: secondary narrative analysis of qualitative data; linking quantitative longitudinal analyses with narratives produced at particular time points; matching narrative data across studies
- interrogate data to identify continuities and divergences between different forms of narrative analysis and other methods
- use case-based narrative methods to capture the complexities of differences and commonalities in everyday practices between countries
NOVELLA's research programme consisted of projects that are socially relevant and of concern to policymakers and practitioners in the UK and internationally. Projects included ‘Parenting Identities and Practices’, ‘Families and food: Methodological innovations for studying habitual practices' and ‘Family lives and the environment: Cross-national perspectives on habitual practices’.
NOVELLA also ran a training programme designed to improve methodological skills in narrative analysis and linked approaches.
Impacts (March 2013)
- The Families and Food project has analysed Mass Observation data from 1950-1 and devised a means of contextualising it by looking at other archival material such as moving images from the British Pathé film archive of the period and government papers from the National Archives. This contributes to the delivery of innovative methodological development within the substantive study of habitual practices in everyday family life.
- The Family lives and the Environment project has collaborated with the Young Lives ESRC investment in devising methods of sampling cases for secondary narrative analysis and comparisons of thematic and narrative analysis of habitual family practices on data collected for other purposes.
NOVELLA was based at the Institute of Education, University of London. For further information please see the NOVELLA website.