Doing Story-Based Research in Socio-Legal Studies

Center for the Study of Law and Society
Miniseries in Empirical Research Methods

Friday, November 6, 2009, 9 a.m. – 12 noon. Lunch to follow.
JSP Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley

Michael Musheno
Department of Criminal Justice, San Francisco State University and
Distinguished Affiliated Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society
Steven Maynard-Moody
Professor and Director, Institute for Policy and Social Research,
University of Kansas

Why do story-based research in socio-legal studies? Why is story-based research appropriate for certain questions and content, whether conceptual to problem-based? What distinguishes story-based research from other forms of thick inquiry? What are the defining features of the methods or modes of story-based research? What are the particularities of analyzing story-based data? What does the scholar owe the storytellers in collecting their stories in telling the scholarly story? The workshop will include narrative responses to these questions from a number of socio-legal scholars around the country as well as the ideas and data of the workshop presenters.

Workshop materials:

Quicktime video of event
Powerpoint Lecture