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Narrative Analysis

Narrative Analysis
Studying the Development of Individuals in Society

December 2003 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Narrative Analysis: Studying the Development of Individuals in Society aims to help researchers and students identify and evaluate the wealth of rationales, practices, caveats, and values of narrative inquiry for understanding human development. A rich collection of chapters articulates diverse, interdisciplinary perspectives within the integrative theme that identity and knowledge development occur in dynamic social environments.

Editors Colette Daiute and Cynthia Lightfoot have brought together an internationally renowned team of experts in narrative analysis to create a volume perfect for qualitative researchers in sociology, psychology, social work, education, and anthropology. Students, professors, and experienced researchers will find the pedagogical elements and case studies perfect for course use and professional reference.

Case study examples offer a wide range of research contexts and goals, including:
  • School-based violence prevention
  • Holocaust survivors
  • Undocumented children and families from Mexico
  • Generational trends among women
  • Suicide rates among First Nations youth
Narrative Analysis is organized around three approaches or "readings." Literary Readings focus on aesthetic, metaphorical, and other literary qualities inherent to narrative approaches. Social-Relational Readings build upon the idea that narrative discourse is personal but also echoes political, economic, and other material relationships in the environment. Readings through the Force of History explain how narrators come to know themselves and their worlds in terms of and in spite of the received explanations of time and place. Working in a range of ethnic, geographic, generational, class, and institutional communities, the authors demonstrate how they have used narrative inquiry to explore development in challenging social contexts.

Editors' Introduction
Colette Daiute and Cynthia Lightfoot
Theory and Craft of Narrative Analysis
Literary readings
Preface to Literary Readings
Theodore Sarbin
The Role of Imagination in Narrative Constructions
Cynthia Lightfoot
Fantastic Self: A Study of Adolescents' Fictional Narratives, and Identity Work as Aesthetic Activity
Carol D. Lee, Erica Rosenfeld, Ruby Mendenhall, Ama Rivers and Brendesha Tynes
Cultural modeling as a frame for narrative analysis
Mark Freeman
Data are everywhere: Narrative criticism in the literature of experience
Social-relational Readings
Preface to Social-relational Readings
Katherine Nelson
Co-constructing the cultural person through narratives in early childhood
Colette Daiute
Adaptive and Creative Uses of Narrative Genres
Michael Bamberg
Positioning with Davie Hogan: Stories, Tellings, and Identities
Steven Stanley and Michael Billig
Dilemmas of storytelling and identity
Readings through the forces of history
Preface to Readings through the forces of history
Jocelyn Solis
Narrating illegality as an identity in conflicting cultural discourses
Sarah Carney
Transcendent stories and counter-narratives in holocaust survivor life histories: Searching for meaning in video-testimony archives
Abigail J. Stewart and Janet E. Malley
Women of "the greatest generation": Feeling on the margin of social history
Michael Chandler, Ulrecht Teucher, and Chris Lalonde
Culture, continuity, and the limits of narrativity: A comparison of the self-narratives of
Native and Non-Native youth
Mary Gergen
Once upon a time: A narratologist's tale
Editor and Author Bios
Editor and Author Bios

An extremely useful handbook for widening the knowledge for students undertaking qualitative research and understanding different methods of analysis.

Mrs Cathy Ashwin
academic division of midwifery, Nottingham University - City Hospital
November 22, 2011

I think this book will be essential to a Sociology of Literature course. Also I can use it for Social Anthropology. I particularly liked the interactional aspect of the text, and the diverse nature of theoretical frameworks employed.

Dr Jill O'Mahony
Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
October 20, 2011

great inclusion of philosophical ideas such as Sartre. although slightly wordy, it gives excellent explanation and impetus to anyone who chooses narrativa analysis for their research.
my favourite chapter is 3.2 by Sarah K. Carney

Mrs Karen Wild
Nursing , Keele University
September 8, 2011
Key features

  • Offers examples of narrative analysis by experienced researchers working on different aspects of human development across socio-cultural and historical contexts
  • Provides international perspectives on research, analysis, and development across diverse cultural contexts
  • Shows how narrative analysis can distinguish perspectives and issues not often identified in other research traditions
  • Defines development as an interaction of multiple levels of analysis—cultural, historical, institutional, and personal
  • Draws on a range of theoretical perspectives about narrative in the social sciences, creating a diverse set of resources and a dialectic across the chapters in the volume
  • Conceptualizes units of analysis that integrate individual and institution as theoretical rationales and interpretive tools

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Introduction: Theory and Craft in Narrative Inquiry

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