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A New Narrative for Psychology$
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Brian Schiff

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199332182

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199332182.001.0001

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How Narrating Functions

How Narrating Functions

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(p.71) Chapter 4 How Narrating Functions
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A New Narrative for Psychology
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Brian Schiff

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199332182.003.0005

Chapter 4 of A New Narrative for Psychology argues that the most salient aspect of narrative is not the arrangement of speech elements into a particular structure, but the kinds of actions that can be accomplished with narrative. It critiques narratological approaches that define narrative, minimally, as the recounting of two related events. Rather, narrative is an evolving and emergent process, an interpretive action, that comes into being when persons, along with others, attempt to make sense of self and world. Narrative is best thought of as a verb, “to narrate,” or the derived form, “narrating.” It argues that one of the primary functions of narrating is to “make present” life experience and interpretations of life in a particular time and space.

Keywords:   method, theory, psychology, narrative, psychological research, narrative psychology, self

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