This book introduces a methodology for the construction of a comprehensive narrative description and narrative-based theory from the study of multiple populations. The book has two parallel foci. On the one hand, it is a conceptual treatise, focusing on the principles of the Multiple Case Narrative. On the other hand, it also has a practical "how-to" focus with a step-by-step guide to conducting a Multiple Case Narrative. The book is accessible and comprehensive and addresses both those in the field as well as those with little background in the methodologies of narrative study and qualitative research.This book is also relevant to those who are interested in other qualitative varieties like single and collective narrative inquiry, single and collective case study, as well as ethnography, because each of the procedures and techniques described here can be easily utilized for conducting other types of qualitative research.
1. Introduction; 2. 1. The research assumptions of the multiple case narrative; 3. 2. Multiple case narrative and comparable research strategies; 4. 3. Conceptual perspectives, research questions and design; 5. 4. The principles of data collection; 6. 5. Methods of data collection; 7. 6. Principles of data analysis; 8. 7. The initial stage of analysis; 9. 8. The mapping stage of analysis; 10. 9. The focused stage of analysis; 11. 10. The theoretical stages of analysis: The narrative-based theory; 12. 11. Second-order theoretical analysis; 13. 12. The multiple case narrative report; 14. 13. Standard of trustworthiness; 15. References; 16. Index