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Narrative Psychology

David Hiles & Ivo Cermák

In terms of qualitative methods in psychology, narrative inquiry can be seen to be very much the new kid on the block. Narrative psychology, as a field of study with its own identity, has been around for little more than two decades. While narrative methods of inquiry have enjoyed wide application in the other social and human sciences, and in literary and cultural studies, they have only begun to be taken seriously very recently in psychology. In this chapter, we briefly outline how the field has developed, stressing the significance that a narrative approach to psychology can offer. We will then set out a case not only for a cross-fertilization with other disciplines, but also for developing an approach to narrative research that is firmly rooted within a psychological perspective. We call this narrative oriented inquiry (NOI). We then set out a model of NOI, and demonstrate NOI in While ...

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