Critical Narrative Analysis in Psychology: A Guide to by Peter Emerson

By Peter Emerson

This ebook provides an method of narrative research from a serious social standpoint. It describes the history to discursive and narrative techniques after which takes the reader via quite a few research at diversified 'levels'. those specialise in narrative texts from a boy labelled as 'sexually abusive', analyzed seqentially from micro- to extra worldwide degrees. via this prolonged instance, the e-book demonstrates the ability of narrative analytic approaches and different results produced through diverse degrees of study.

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99–100). Soon after this he picks PE up on his use of ‘circular questioning’ (Cecchin, 1987) – ‘people always ask those sort of questions … What do you think other people think … and I just don’t know’ (ll. g. in police, social work, treatment/therapy settings), and, perhaps, that he wants the research questioning to be addressed more directly. As PE pursues what seems to him an emerging and important theme of ‘wrongness’, Lance describes a circular pattern of ‘the whole abuse’ (l. 136) which includes ‘abusing’, deciding ‘that was wrong’ and he ‘shouldn’t have done it’, ‘but then, straight away, when it comes to the next time, it starts off ‘cause it’s, well, it’s something that I had wanted’ (ll.

This challenge clearly becomes even more serious in the virtual absence of the 44 Critical Narrative Analysis in Psychology person of the participant when all that remains of the interview is an audiotape and the researcher’s transcription. Gee’s (1991a) attention to how a text was said privileges its internal linguistic cues and to that extent serves to help absent narrators retain control over their own words, in part by restraining researcher ‘ascriptivism’. In the process of the interview participants maintain more or less control of their own words and meaning-making through their moment-by-moment choices both of how to respond to and situate themselves relationally in the context represented by the interviewer, and of how to respond to create a context for the interviewer’s responses.

In order to initiate and maintain a focused yet dialogical 26 Critical Narrative Analysis in Psychology approach, PE (the research interviewer) drew on a number of conversational practices including checking out his own questions, reflecting back responses, floating possibilities, normalising, tracking, recycling the core question in various ways, refining the core question to pick up on related emerging words and themes and maintaining neutrality in the senses both of not taking ‘a certain position’ and of curiosity (Cecchin, 1987).

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