Successful collaboration begins with a shared language, hence the need for a glossary. This joint effort of contributors from several teams ensures, on the one hand, terminological and conceptual coherence across not only our theoretical approaches, but also the qualitative case studies and quantitative research conducted in OPPORTUNITIES. On the other hand, our glossary facilitates communication between the academic side of the project and the fieldwork conducted by NGOs, uniting our teams working from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Mauritania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania and Senegal.

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The focus of narrative integrity “is on the inherent unity of living and narrating a life” (Freeman and Brockmeier 2001, 82). Hence, narrative integrity “emerges in line with specific social, historical and discursive conditions regarding the importance of the individual as well as the importance of accounting for the life one has led in line with an overarching cultural system of ethical and moral values” (Freeman and Brockmeier 2002, 83). Furthermore, narrative integrity is the right of a contributor to his or her own story without distortion, meaning that a third person cannot change the story in a manner deviating from its original meaning or the original intent of the contributor behind the story without the contributor’s consent.

⇢ see also Life storyStories of migration

References and further reading:

Freeman, Mark, and Jens Brockmeier. 2001. “Autobiographical Identity and the Meaning of the ‘Good Life.’” In Narrative and Identity: Studies in Autobiography, Self and Culture, edited by Jens Brockmeier and Donal Carbaugh, 75–99. Amsterdam and Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

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