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9 Narrative Analysis

Michele Crossley

This chapter outlines the theoretical basis of a narrative psychological approach, describing its relationship to other social constructionist approaches within psychology. Highlighting narrative psychology's dominant concern with issues of identity construction and self-exploration, it examines some of the central concepts underpinning this approach. The chapter also highlights some of the potential data sources that might be of relevance to a narrative psychological approach and outlines a preliminary methodology for the exploration of personal narratives. It then proceeds to outline some general analytic steps. The chapter concludes with reflections and reservations regarding the possibility of reducing narrative psychological analysis to specific methodological steps, emphasizing that narrative analysis is more akin to a creative art than a scientific procedure. coherent story imagery interpersonal dialogue narrative tone phenomenology reading realist epistemology self and identity stories themes Social constructionist approaches to the study of self and identity, sometimes called ‘language-based’ approaches, have gained momentum ...

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