Analyzing Cultural-Psychological Themes in Narrative Statement


  • Carl Ratner Institute for Cultural Research and Education



narratives, discourse analysis, phenomenology, cultural psychology, hermeneutics


This article describes principles and procedures for rigorously analyzing cultural-psychological themes in narratives. The principles and procedures draw upon phenomenology. The point is to summarize the psychological significances that are manifested in the narrative and then illuminate their cultural character. The summary of psychological significances must be faithful to the subjects' words, yet it also explicates psychological and cultural issues in the statements that subjects are not fully aware of. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0103177


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Author Biography

Carl Ratner, Institute for Cultural Research and Education

Carl RATNER ( has been developing a theoretical and methodological approach to cultural psychology for several decades. He has published Cultural Psychology and Qualitative Methodology: Theoretical & Empirical Considerations (Plenum, 1997) and Cultural Psychology: Theory & Method (Plenum, 2002). RATNER currently gives workshops on qualitative methodology especially in relation to cultural psychology. His articles can be read on his web site:




How to Cite

Ratner, C. (2001). Analyzing Cultural-Psychological Themes in Narrative Statement. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 2(3).

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