Analysing written narratives: considerations on the ‘code-totality problems’

  • Björn Blom Dept. of Social Work, Umeå University
  • Lennart Nygren Dept. of Social Work, Umeå University

Abstract

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 Ricœur'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.

 

Published
2017-04-26
How to Cite
Blom, B., & Nygren, L. (2017). Analysing written narratives: considerations on the ‘code-totality problems’. Nordic Journal of Social Research, 1. https://doi.org/10.7577/njsr.2035
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