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Narrative Inquiry$

Kathleen Wells

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385793

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385793.001.0001

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(p.125) Appendix 1 Overview of Narrative Analytic Methods

(p.125) Appendix 1 Overview of Narrative Analytic Methods

Narrative Inquiry
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Definitional Parameters

Analytic Focus


Central Question

Major Concepts

Narrative Content

Holistic Content

(Lieblich, Tuval-Mashiach, & Zilber, 1998)

What is the core pattern in the life story?

Global impression, theme, early memory

Narrative Identity

(McAdams, 1993)

What identity is constructed in the life story?

Narrative tone, personal imagery, thematic lines, ideological settings, pivotal scenes, and conflicting protagonists

Shared Narrative

(Shay, 1994)

What is the meaning of a shared experience to a group?

Common themes, themes in relation to a common story, common story in relation to a fictional story

Narrative Structure

Sequence of Clauses

(Labov, 1972)

How can a narrative be identified in the flow of talk?

Elements of a narrative, types of evaluation clauses

Poetic Structure

(Gee, 1991)

What is a defensible interpretation of a narrative?

Levels of textual structure

Surface-Deep Structure

(Gregg, 2006)

How is identity represented in discourse in relation to its structure and implicit plot?

Bi-polar contrasts in relation to self, others, and events; mediating terms; episodic-plot structure; and foundational contrast and mediating term

Narrative in Context

Critical Narrative Analysis

(Emerson & Frosh, 2004)

How does this person, in this context, get to give the account he or she does?

Organization of narrative as speech, plot, subject, and focus

Contextual Discursive Analysis

(Squire, 2007a)

How do individuals use and remake the representational forms on which they draw in order to tell the stories of their lives?

Genre, audience, symbolic representation