A Guide to Practice
Presenting an approach to narrative analysis from a critical social perspective, this book focuses on narrative texts from a boy labelled as 'sexually abusive', analyzed from micro to global levels. The book demonstrates the power of narrative analytic procedures and the different effects produced by different levels of analysis.
In psychology and other social sciences, narrative analysis has become a widely used technique for understanding people's accounts of their lives. Yet, the difference between narrative analysis and other forms of qualitative psychology is not always clear, and the way in which narrative analysis can throw light on the relationship between personal and social concerns is often only partially recognised. Now available in paperback, this book presents an approach to narrative analysis from a critical social perspective. It describes the background to discursive and narrative approaches and then takes the reader through a variety of analyses at different 'levels'. These focus on narrative texts from a boy labelled as 'sexually abusive', analysed sequentially from micro- to more global levels. Through this extended and powerful example, the book demonstrates how narrative analytic procedures can make sense of complex experiences, and shows the different effects produced by different levels of analysis.
Acknowledgements Introduction - Psychosocial Studies and Critical Narrative Analysis Questioning and Transcribing: How to Gain Access to Personal Narratives Linguistic Tools and Interpretive Levels: Beginning Interpretation Building a Rabbit Run: Doing Thematic Interpretation Canonical Narratives and Cultural Orders: Moving Analysis to a more Molar Level Claims and Counterclaims: Working Critically with Narratives