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ERIC Number: EJ848931
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-1077-8004
The Embedded Narrative: Navigating through Multiple Contexts
Zilber, Tammar B.; Tuval-Mashiach, Rivka; Lieblich, Amia
Qualitative Inquiry, v14 n6 p1047-1069 2008
Narrative psychology theoreticians emphasized the importance of context to the construction, communication, and understanding of individuals' life stories. Still, the various contexts in which, and in reference to which, life stories are told, the methodological implications of the importance of context, and the possible interpretive moves explicating the different contexts have not been worked out. Thus, drawing on various theoretical formulations and exploring two case studies, the authors point to three spheres of contexts in which narrators situate their life stories: the immediate intersubjective relationships in which a narrative is produced; the collective social field in which one's life and story evolved; and the broad cultural meaning systems or meta narratives that underlie and give sense to any particular life story. The authors outline how to identify these spheres as represented and marked by narrators, and suggest possible interpretive moves in explicating them. (Contains 1 table and 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel