Narrative Research: Reading, Analysis, and Interpretation

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SAGE, May 27, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 187 pages
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What is the most effective way for a researcher to read and analyze life-story materials? Using a new model for the classification of types of readings, Narrative Research shows readers how to read, analyze and interpret life story materials. The authors first introduce readers to four models of reading and interpreting a text: the holistic-content reading, the holistic-form reading, categorical-content reading, and categorical-form reading. They next present two complete narratives so that readers can compare the author's interpretations against the actual text as well as try to analyze the stories on their own. The subsequent chapters provide readings, interpretations, and analyses of the narrative data from the four models. Each of the examples is highlighted by sharing with the reader some of the processes of the researcher' work, including various considerations, doubts, self-criticism, and dialogues about the narratives. Readers wanting to learn more about life story research will not only learn the tools for doing this analysis, but will be inspired to contribute their own creativity to this developing field.
 

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i found the narrative comparison as an insightful detailed analysis of what the writer was intrepreting, focusng on the specific models and content.

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Narrative Research: reading, analysis and interpretation

Contents

The Narrative of Our Own Research
21
Demonstrative Life Stories
29
The HolisticContent Perspective
62
Holistic Analysis of Form
88
CategoricalContent Perspective
112
CategoricalForm Analysis
141
Choices and Evaluation in Narrative
165
References
175
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About the author (1998)

Amia Lieblich is Artery Professor of Personality Studies in the Psychology Department and head of the Lafer Center for the Study of Women at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, coeditor of the "Annual on the Narrative Study of Lives", and author of several books, most recently "Transition to Adulthood during Military Service".