An exciting and comprehensive resource, Varieties of Narrative Analysis presents a broad spectrum of approaches to the empirical analysis of stories and storytelling. Leading researchers from different disciplines provide richly illustrated discussions of how they actually conduct narrative analysis from their diverse perspectives. The book's chapters focus on different ways of doing data analysis, not data collection, although the two are related in practice. The narrative material presented ranges from media accounts, life stories, and quantitative content analysis, to storytelling occasions, embodiment, emotionality, and narrative's diverse institutional settings. Chapter coverage is comprised of background information, a discussion of methods of analysis, and illustrations of how to interpret narratives. The book is organized into three parts-analyzing stories, analyzing storytelling, and analyzing stories in society. It brings together a variety of orientations to both texts and narrative practice under one cover. The book is unique in its range of analytic and empirical vision.
It will be useful to researchers and graduate students with traditional textual concerns and especially those who aim to incorporate developments crossing disciplinary borders and that address the analysis of narrative practice.
James A. Holstein is professor of sociology in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences at Marquette University. His research and writing projects have addressed social problems, deviance and social control, mental health and illness, family, and the self, all approached from an ethnomethodologically- informed, constructionist perspective. Jaber F. Gubrium is professor and chair of sociology at the University of Missouri. He has an extensive record of research on the social organization of care in human service institutions. His publications include numerous books and articles on aging, family, the life course, medicalization, and representational practice in therapeutic context.
Part 1. Analyzing Stories Chapter 1. Exploring Psychological Themes through Narrative Accounts - Dan P. McAdams Chapter 2. Practicing Dialogical Narrative Analysis - Arthur W. Frank Chapter 3. Narrative Analysis as an Embodied Engagement with the Lives of Others - Andrew Sparkes and Brett Smith Chapter 4. On Quantitative Narrative Analysis - Roberto Franzosi Part 2. Analyzing Storytelling Chapter 5. Narrative Practice and Identity Navigation - Michael Bamberg Chapter 6. Exploring Narrative Interaction in Multiple Contexts - Amy Shuman Chapter 7. Speaker Roles in Personal Narratives - Michele Koven Chapter 8. Situational Context and Interaction in a Folklorist's Ethnographic Approach to Storytelling - Ray Cashman Part 3. Analyzing Stories in Society Chapter 9. Analyzing the Implicit in Stories - Martha Feldman and Julka Almquist Chapter 10. Analyzing Popular Beliefs about Storytelling - Francesca Polletta Chapter 11. The Empirical Analysis of Formula Stories - Donileen Loseke Chapter 12. Analyzing the Social Life of Personal Experience Stories - Tamar Katriel
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