Research

The Recovery Narratives Project

What is recovery? That’s the question that started me on this project. I wanted to know what makes recovery possible and what recovery makes possible, and I wanted to learn it from those who live it. The project website has lots more about its purposes and procedures.

I started working on the project in early 2016 and began doing interviews in 2017. I’ve collected 45 interviews in the US and consider these interviews Phase 1. The related sabbatical task is qualitative analysis of the interviews. That means that I am employing methods that let me distinguish patterns or themes among the interview responses. I’m using an approach called Grounded Theory

Phase 2 of the project and its associated task consist of interviews in other countries. I am privileged to learn not only about individuals’ recovery experience but at least a bit of the context of that experience. Localities in which I have done or will do in-person interviews include 

  • Cork, Ireland
  • Shillong, India
  • Osaka and Yokohama, Japan
  • Vancouver, Canada 
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Several cities in Cyprus
  • Jos, Nigeria
  • Accra, Ghana

Through my travels and otherwise, I’m building connections that will lead to distance interviews in the near future. I have strong possibilities for distance interviews in Bristol (England), Kathmandu (Nepal) and Tokyo (Japan), among others. Add to that my partner/colleague’s willingness to do in-person interviews in additional countries and, well, I’m eager to see what arises in the analysis down the road.