Narratives in Action: A Strategy for Research and Analysis

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Teachers College Press, 2001 - Psychology - 183 pages
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Narrative discourse -- in therapy, or with a friend -- can construct or transform the narrator's self. With his sophisticated theoretical and methodological approach, the author provides:

-- A systematic account of how narrative self-construction works.

-- A dialogic account of self-construction that focuses on the social, cultural, and relational contexts of storytelling.

-- Step-by-step guidance on how to uncover and document meaningful patterns in transcribed narrative data.

 

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Contents

Narrating the Self
1
The Representational Power of Autobiographical Narrative
5
The Interactional Power of Autobiographical Narrative
7
Enacting the Self
9
Interrelations between Representation and Enactment
13
Analyzing Narrative Discourse
14
A Dialogic Approach to Discourse
17
Monologic and Dialogic Approaches to Language Use
18
Dialogic Analysis of an Autobiographical Narrative
76
Jane Enacts Her Passive Voice
81
Jane Enacts the Transition from Passive to Active
101
Jane Enacts Her Assertive Voice
119
Narrative SelfConstruction and the Nature of the Self
136
The Stable Psychological Self
138
The Narrated Self
140
The Dialogic Self
144

An Actual Encounter
24
Meditation
35
Voicing
38
Emergence
40
Poetic Structure
44
Dialogue Mediation and Emergence in Narrative
47
A Sample Narrative
48
Meditation
57
Emergence
59
Two Bakhtinian Concepts
62
The Enacted Self
149
The Multilayered Self
153
Implications
157
Studying Interactional Positioning in Other Contexts
158
A Dialogic Approach
160
Notes
163
References
171
Index
179
About the Author
185
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