The Narrative Analysis of Moral Tales

  • Johannes Stehr Institut für berufliche Ausbildung, Arbeitsmarkt- und Sozialpolitik (INBAS)
Keywords: narrative analysis, moralization, moral tales, crime talk, crime as cultural resource, reception of crime representations in the mass media

Abstract

This article deals with how society talks about crime and its relation to "doing morality". While talking about crime, the society informs itself about social order and its inherent quality of domination. Crime is not only a theme for control-"experts", but it also appears in everyday discourse where crime stories are told and because they contain moral tales, they can also be used to solve everyday problems. It is shown that through narrative analysis of moral tales the symbolic and cultural dimensions of crime can be worked out, and how crime functions as a symbolic and a cultural resource. Presented in this text is a form of narrative analysis which connects the text and context, form and content and it attempts to interpret the text in a wider social context while combining the moral tale with the situation of storytelling. The final part of the article discusses the potential of narrative analysis for inquiring processes of reception of crime representations in the mass media. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0201183

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Author Biography

Johannes Stehr, Institut für berufliche Ausbildung, Arbeitsmarkt- und Sozialpolitik (INBAS)
Johannes STEHR, zuletzt Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Aufbau- und Kontaktstudium Kriminologie der Universität Hamburg. Arbeitsbereiche: Medienanalysen, Ethnographie der Konfliktbearbeitung, Moralforschung, Narrationsanalyse, Jugend- und Arbeitslosigkeitsforschung. Gegenwärtig Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für berufliche Ausbildung, Arbeitsmarkt- und Sozialpolitik (INBAS).
Published
2002-01-31
How to Cite
Stehr, J. (2002). The Narrative Analysis of Moral Tales. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-3.1.882