ERIC Number: EJ1073423
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Positioning within a Cultural Context: Using Ricoeur's Preunderstandings as a Heuristic for Narrative Data Analysis in Exploring Identity, Structure, and Agency
Wilson, Rachel E.
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v28 n8 p887-905 2015
I argue that Ricoeur's "preunderstandings" can be used as a heuristic to aid researchers who collect narratives as data (1) to identify cultural meanings that become resources for participants' positioning work, (2) to ground the identified cultural meanings in participants' experiences, and (3) to understand participants' interpretations of constraint and agency within that context. I outline how the philosophical hermeneutics of Ricoeur is consistent with a sociocultural perspective on positioning and identity, as well as present data analysis questions developed from Ricoeur's ideas of narrative configuration to explore common cultural meanings used by participants in interpreting their lived experience. These questions provide a strategy to examine how participants may be referring to common cultural meanings but their individual interpretations of these meanings can have different implications for their feelings of agency.
Descriptors: Hermeneutics, Personal Narratives, Data Collection, Data Analysis, Cultural Awareness, Concept Formation, Experience, Individual Differences, Social Theories, Qualitative Research, Research Methodology, Data Interpretation
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