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Narrative Research

A group for all those interested in story-telling as research method. Narrative interviews focus on provoking story-telling in order to elicit a person’s own understanding of their own experiences and the world around them.

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Comment by Claire Haresnape Tyson on January 2, 2015 at 10:03
Thanks Jocelyn I shall enjoy reading those.
Comment by Jocelyn Campbell on January 2, 2015 at 6:24

Here is a link to the first chapter in a book about Crystallization:

this is the book:

hope this is helpful,


Comment by Abeya El Bakry on January 1, 2015 at 20:00
Unfortunately not, but i think you'll find it in the index.
Comment by Claire Haresnape Tyson on January 1, 2015 at 16:56

Did you have a link to the article please?

Comment by Claire Haresnape Tyson on January 1, 2015 at 16:56

Thanks very much Abeya

Comment by Abeya El Bakry on January 1, 2015 at 14:49
Landscape of qualitative research - there is an article on crystallization as a thinking mode which reduces the implication of meaning to be reflection on personal experience.
Comment by Claire Haresnape Tyson on January 1, 2015 at 13:17


I am just completing a rewrite of my thesis and I would love to read a paper comparing Thematic Analysis to Narrative Analysis, can anyone recommend one please?  The context is in the experiences of infertile women but any context would be a good starting point.

Thanks and best wishes


Comment by Assefa Tefera Dibaba on April 2, 2014 at 17:04


Ethnographic and Life History Approaches

(a Case Study based on Chuqala Butta's Personal Narratives)
Cushitic Salale Oromo of Northeast Africa, Ethiopia
Indiana University
Spring 2013 
In this study, using ethnographic and life history approaches, I examine folksongs and narratives of displacement obtained through interview from Chuqala Butta, 92, a Salale Oromo in Ethiopia. Chuqala Butta is a living testimony of displacement and resistance against influences inflicted upon him as a young boy and on the Salale people by the Shawan Amhara rulers. Using this case study, the project undertakes the thesis of folklore used as an emancipatory act against a disempowering situation in Ethiopia and to subvert the overriding memory of conflict-induced displacement. Toward this end, in addition to personal narrative accounts, I posit, folklore can serve as a wellspring of data to better understand the negativistic social transformations from the people’s viewpoints and to examine closely the way such transformations affect individuals, communities, societies and the nation. Analysis of the local dimensions of social transformations, I propose, benefits from close investigation of the life experience of the people,their history from “below” and politics vis-à-vis the (trans)national

Comment by A. D. Prater, Ph.D. on April 2, 2014 at 16:40
Paul-- remember that your question should drive your method more than anything. Not the other way around.
Comment by Paul J Graham on April 2, 2014 at 15:54

Question?  Without having done any analysis of the content, does it make sense that a person could have a primary focus of "Narrative Analysis" ... but... use elements of "Discourse Analysis" as a 'supporting' role?


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