Critical Narrative Analysis in Psychology: A Guide to by Peter Emerson

By Peter Emerson

This e-book offers an method of narrative research from a severe social standpoint. It describes the historical past to discursive and narrative techniques after which takes the reader via quite a few research at varied 'levels'. those specialise in narrative texts from a boy labelled as 'sexually abusive', analyzed seqentially from micro- to extra worldwide degrees. via this prolonged instance, the publication demonstrates the facility of narrative analytic systems and the various results produced through diversified degrees of analysis.

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Riessman draws on Bruner’s (1990) view that personal narratives are triggered at points of difficulty or trauma in persons’ lives and provide a primary way of making sense of experience. : 81). Hyden (1997) further elaborates this view, but specifically in relation to the organisational/legal triggering of professional and at times mandated ‘institutional narrative’ texts such as Assessment and Court Reports which are typically dependent upon and highly appropriative of personal narrative material informing them.

In order to initiate and maintain a focused yet dialogical 26 Critical Narrative Analysis in Psychology approach, PE (the research interviewer) drew on a number of conversational practices including checking out his own questions, reflecting back responses, floating possibilities, normalising, tracking, recycling the core question in various ways, refining the core question to pick up on related emerging words and themes and maintaining neutrality in the senses both of not taking ‘a certain position’ and of curiosity (Cecchin, 1987).

The researcher’s question serves as the Abstract for what follows – that is, by the end of the narrative PE will have an expanded view of the content of his question. At the same time, it is clear that what follows is thematically linked to what precedes this question. ’ – Orients PE, as the listener, in at least two ways. First, Lance may be trying out the fit between his understanding of what PE has asked and PE’s understanding of what he has asked. Second, he may be questioning the research question to prepare PE for his air of uncertainty.

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