Co-producing composite storytelling comics: (counter) narratives by academics of working-class heritage

Charlie Davis, Adam Matthews, Georgiana Mihut, Stacey Mottershaw, Jessica Hawkins, Penny Rivlin, Blair Matthews

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Composite storytelling as a social qualitative research method represents a growing spirit of creativity to explore themes of social injustice. This article discusses the potential methodological affordances and challenges of such approaches when used to collectively unsettle, interrogate and (re)imagine what it means to become an academic of working-class heritage. The participatory project discussed in this paper involved eight social science and humanities academics in UK-based elite higher education institutions. In a series of storytelling sessions, the participants created narrative encounters to foster moments of critique and analysis to explore the complex social realities of their routes into and through academia as people of working-class origins. Working alongside an illustrator, the participants used empirical insights to create composite stories in multimodal comic formats. Through this work, we seek to prompt further discussions about the generative possibilities of pursuing similar methods in the social sciences and beyond to challenge forms of social injustice.
Original languageEnglish
JournalQualitative Research
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2024


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