Family narratives and identity navigation in social design: a method of analysis Online publication date: Tue, 02-Nov-2021
by Eva Knutz; Thomas Markussen; Valentijn Visch; Ed Tan
J. of Design Research (JDR), Vol. 18, No. 5/6, 2020
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to show how an interdisciplinary merging of social design and narrative theory can increase understanding of how vulnerable families navigate personal and shared identities. We draw upon results from a design research project that introduces board games in prisons to help children develop bonds with their incarcerated fathers. In our case study we offer a method of analysis that enables design researchers to delve into the complex field of identity navigation. Further, we offer a focused reflection arguing that the vulnerability of these families can be conceived as family identities being broken or challenged. We attempt to show that identity is constructed through family members' co-authoring of family narratives, which manifest themselves in different formats such as 'master narratives' and 'counter narratives'. Design research has the potential to examine identity formations by applying narrative theory in practice.
Online publication date: Tue, 02-Nov-2021
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