"It's all in the plot": Narrative explorations of work-related emotions

Yiannis Gabriel, Eda Ulus

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This contribution examines how researchers may study work-related emotions in the field by listening carefully and engaging emotionally with stories and narratives that they encounter. The chapter starts with a recognition that emotion (pathos) is a crucial element of story (mythos), something noted a long time ago by Aristotle. Emotions may seem to surface and subside irregularly in the course of a story, a drama, or a conversation, but they have an inner logic that ties them to various plot-lines, such as tragic, comic, or epic. In particular, we examine how researchers can recreate the emotions of their respondents, as well as their own emotions in the field, by recollecting and re-engaging with significant stories as well as metaphors that punctuate their research material.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethods of Exploring Emotions
EditorsHelena Flam, Jochen Kleres
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781317630456, 9781315756530
ISBN (Print)9781138798694
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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