Fundamental Assumptions in Narrative Analysis: Mapping the Field.


Robert, D., & Shenhav, S. (2014). Fundamental Assumptions in Narrative Analysis: Mapping the Field. Qualitative Report , 19 (38), 1 - 17 . Qualitative Report.

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The richness of narrative analysis resides in its unruly openness, but points of reference are needed to tame the variety in the field. This article suggests that researchers should grapple with two fundamental questions when conducting narrative analysis. The first pertains to the status attributed to narrative: it is defined as the very fabric of human existence or as one representational device among others? Emphasizing one answer over the other means mobilizing different theories of representation and therefore, suggesting different articulations between "narrative" and "reality." The second question refers to the perspective developed on narrative: Is it defined mostly as the characteristic of an approach, an object of investigation or both? Different methodological implications are associated with that choice. The article claims that dominant trends in narrative analysis originate in the way researchers answer those two questions. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]Copyright of Qualitative Report is the property of Qualitative Report and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)


Accession Number: 98584256; Robert, Dominique 1; Email Address:; Shenhav, Shaul 2; Affiliations: 1 : University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; 2 : Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Har ha-Tsofim, Jerusalem, Israel; Source Info: 9/22/2014, Vol. 19 Issue 38, p1; Thesaurus Term: QUALITATIVE research; Thesaurus Term: INTERVIEWING; Thesaurus Term: QUANTITATIVE research; Subject Term: NARRATIVE inquiry (Research method); Subject Term: NARRATIVES; Author-Supplied Keyword: Approaches; Author-Supplied Keyword: Narrative Analysis; Author-Supplied Keyword: Narrative Research; Author-Supplied Keyword: Qualitative Methods; Number of Pages: 17p; Document Type: Article