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Analysing written narratives: considerations on the ‘code-totality problems’
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2010 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Social Research, ISSN 1892-2783, Vol. 1, no 1, 1-20 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article describes and discusses a number of fundamental aspects of analysing short written narratives. Of particular interest are the code-totality problems that arise during the transformation of several individual stories into a collective narrative. This article starts with a brief introduction to our previous narrative research on Swedish social-work students, which is followed by a description of textual interpretation according to Paul Ricoeur’s theory of interpretation, and a discussion and elaboration on the different concepts of meaning within his theory. The core of this article is an account of four models for analysing narrative data from several informants. This is followed by a concrete example of the implications that follow from the implementation of these models. We conclude that the degree of heterogeneity in the narrative material affects the choice of the mode of textual analysis and the code compilation.

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Lillehammer: The Centre for Public Policy Innovation, Lillehammer University College (HiL) , 2010. Vol. 1, no 1, 1-20 p.
Keyword [en]
narrative analysis, text interpretation, coding, meaning, knowledge, social work, Ricoeur
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-38396OAI: diva2:376637
Available from: 2010-12-12 Created: 2010-12-12 Last updated: 2014-02-11Bibliographically approved

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