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Narrative Analysis

By Catherine Kohler Riessman

Abstract

Narrative analysis in the human sciences refers to a family of approaches to\ud diverse kinds of texts, which have in common a storied form. As nations and\ud governments construct preferred narratives about history, so do social\ud movements, organisations, scientists, other professionals, ethnic/racial groups,\ud and individuals in stories of experience. What makes such diverse texts\ud “narrative” is sequence and consequence: events are selected, organised,\ud connected, and evaluated as meaningful for a particular audience. Storytellers\ud interpret the world and experience in it; they sometimes create moral tales –\ud how the world should be. Narratives represent storied ways of knowing and\ud communicating (Hinchman and Hinchman, 1997). I focus here on oral\ud narratives of personal experience

Topics: BF
Publisher: University of Huddersfield
Year: 2005
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.hud.ac.uk:4920

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