Analyzing Cultural-Psychological Themes in Narrative Statement

Carl Ratner


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


narratives; discourse analysis; phenomenology; cultural psychology; hermeneutics

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