Narrative research: reading, analysis and interpretation

Amia Lieblich, Rivka Tuval-Mashiach, Tammar B Zilber

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationThousand Oaks, Calif
PublisherSage Publications
Number of pages187
ISBN (Electronic)0761910425, 0761910433, 1412985250, 1452212295, 9780761910428, 9780761910435
StatePublished - 1998

Publication series

NameApplied social research methods series
PublisherSage Publications
Volumevol. 47


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