Chapter 8. Narrative Analysis and Contextualisation

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

Published Online: 27 OCT 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444316513.ch8

Narrative Research in Nursing

Narrative Research in Nursing

How to Cite

Holloway, I. and Freshwater, H. (2007) Narrative Analysis and Contextualisation, in Narrative Research in Nursing, Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444316513.ch8

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 analysis and contextualisation;
  • narrative researchers - taking an empathic stance towards data;
  • data analysis purpose - explaining meanings, linkages and horizons;
  • sequentiality (temporal order of events) - determining the plot’;
  • no single method of narrative analysis;
  • concepts related to narrative analysis;
  • content analysis and single narratives or series of narratives;
  • holistic and categorical analysis;
  • performative analysis - narrative communicated, and ‘doing’ of narrative;
  • narrative analysis - complex process with acts of interpretation and reflexivity


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Concepts related to narrative analysis

  • Approaches to narrative analysis

  • Levels of analysis

  • Analysis and interpretation

  • Reflexivity

  • Summary