Chapter 4. Narrative and the Construction of Identity

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

Published Online: 27 OCT 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444316513.ch4

Narrative Research in Nursing

Narrative Research in Nursing

How to Cite

Holloway, I. and Freshwater, H. (2007) Narrative and the Construction of Identity, in Narrative Research in Nursing, Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444316513.ch4

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 and construction of identity;
  • selfhood and search for identity - self being constructive and reconstructive;
  • putting on a face or wearing a mask - issues related to narrative;
  • narrative research - interactive process, self constructed, deconstructed and reconstructed;
  • active self - identity in wider context;
  • notion of character signifying identity;
  • characters - in process of making adjustments or liberating from existing narratives;
  • shifting identity - narratives as adjustment or liberation from self;
  • gender, culture and collective identity;
  • awareness - form of experiencing


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Selfhood and the search for identity

  • The active self: identity in the wider context

  • Entering the social world

  • Shifting identity: narratives as adjustment or liberation from self

  • Power, authority and identity

  • Gender, culture and collective identity

  • Transformation of self through narrative and emotion

  • Summary