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`Do you know what I mean?': the use of a pluralistic narrative analysis approach in the interpretation of an interview

Frost, Nollaig (2009) `Do you know what I mean?': the use of a pluralistic narrative analysis approach in the interpretation of an interview. Qualitative Research 9 (1), pp. 9-29. ISSN 1468-7941.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468794108094867

Abstract

This article demonstrates a within-method pluralistic approach to narrative analysis. It uses an interview held with a mother expecting her second child, in which she talks about her expectations of second-time motherhood, to show how application of more than one narrative analysis to the data leads to a multi-dimensional interpretation. This approach draws on the strengths offered by each model it employs to privilege the narrator's words. By taking guidance from the interview text itself in each phase of analysis, layers of understanding of the account are built up. The article illustrates how eaxch interpretation is made. It demonstrates that the initial understanding of the story is gradually enriched by systematic exploration of the text until a new story emerges. The article concludes by presenting the new story and considering the strengths and limitations of the approach.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): motherhood, multi-dimensional understanding, narrative analysis, pluralistic approaches, qualitative research, triangulation
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Social Policy and Education (Old)
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2011 10:08
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:20
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/3072

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