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Narrative Research

Narrative Research
Reading, Analysis, and Interpretation

May 1998 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

What is the most effective way for a researcher to read and analyze life-story materials? Using a new model for the classification of types of readings, Narrative Research shows readers how to read, analyze and interpret life story materials. The authors first introduce readers to four models of reading and interpreting a text: the holistic-content reading, the holistic-form reading, categorical-content reading, and categorical-form reading. They next present two complete narratives so that readers can compare the author's interpretations against the actual text as well as try to analyze the stories on their own. The subsequent chapters provide readings, interpretations, and analyses of the narrative data from the four models. Each of the examples is highlighted by sharing with the reader some of the processes of the researcher' work, including various considerations, doubts, self-criticism, and dialogues about the narratives. Readers wanting to learn more about life story research will not only learn the tools for doing this analysis, but will be inspired to contribute their own creativity to this developing field.

A New Model for Classification of Approaches to Reading, Interpretation and Analysis
The Narrative of Our Own Research
Demonstrative Life Stories
The Holistic-Content Perspective
Holistic Analysis of Form
Categorical-Content Perspective
Categorical-Form Analysis
Choices and Evaluation in Narrative Research


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