I have just attended a taster workshop on BNIM - biographical narrative interpretive method, by Tom Wengraaf (of London East Research Institute, University of East London) and Margaret Volante (of Surrey University), which has the most stunning affordances for qualitative researchers, particularly of stories and narratives.

It focuses on a number of things, such as subjectivity-in-context, which relates very closely to what I am interested in, namely affordances as learning-in-context (or within a social ecology), in which what is learnt includes knowledge, competencies and identity, all of which are inseperable. So Tom's (really beautifully developed and documented) method of exploring subjectivity in context is a gold mine for our research.

BNIM is detailed, and very specific, so I am not going to even try to summarise it here, although with Tom's permission I will include links:

What really works for me is that BNIM enables the subject's voice to come out strongly, and for the subject to be in charge of agenda setting for a whole phase of the interviewing. No research is non-interventionist, but this provides a rigorous method to elicit (rather than extract) rich stories within a gestalt/ story told by the subject (a "tale told by a subject, signifying plenty" if I can paraphrase Will Shakespeare).

BNIM takes 'story catchers' to a different quantum level. It will be some time before I absorb it all, go to more workshops, etc.