Chapter 1. The Nature and Features of Narrative Research

  1. Immy Holloway Professor medical sociologist1 and
  2. Holloway Freshwater Professor Director Fellow President2

Published Online: 27 OCT 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444316513.ch1

Narrative Research in Nursing

Narrative Research in Nursing

How to Cite

Holloway, I. and Freshwater, H. (2007) The Nature and Features of Narrative Research, in Narrative Research in Nursing, Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444316513.ch1

Author Information

  1. 1

    Bournemouth University, UK

  2. 2

    Murdoch University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 OCT 2009
  2. Published Print: 14 FEB 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405114080

Online ISBN: 9781444316513



  • narrative research in nursing;
  • narrative research - frequently used way of carrying out qualitative research;
  • concept and character of narrative;
  • narrative research - nature and features;
  • narrative in historical context;
  • narration as part of human nature - natural desire in people to share experiences;
  • narrative, plot and emplotment;
  • narratives - expression of people's identity during illness and adversity;
  • Kleinman and ‘Illness Narratives’;
  • human interest - elements in narrative


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Defining the concept and character of narrative

  • Narrative in a historical context

  • Telling tales

  • The social and cultural context of stories

  • Narrative, plot and emplotment

  • Illness narratives

  • Summary