Introducing Narrative Psychology: Self, Trauma, and the Construction of Meaning

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Preface
The aim of this book is to present a coherent overview of the theory, methodology and potential application of what are known as 'narrative' approaches within psychology. To this end, this book is divided into three main sections:
1. Theories of self and identity (Chapters 1-3)
2. Narrative methods for exploring the self (Chapters 4 and 5)
3. Practical applications of the study of self in traumatic situations (Chap- ters 6-8).

The book has a logical structure where theoretical approaches are first introduced, followed by an overview of methods encouraging you to apply those theories to your own autobiography. The third section of the book further illustrates such theories using case-study material taken from the empirical study of various kinds of psychological and emotional trauma such as childhood sexual abuse and HIV infection. Each of these issues is examined in a way which demonstrates how traumatizing events often lead to a breakdown of temporal coherence and order, creating the need to reconstruct meaning and a sense of identity through the use of contemporary narratives and discourses.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents v
  • Preface vi
  • Acknowledgements vii
  • Explanatory Note on 'Further Reading' viii
  • Section I - Theories and Methods 1
  • 1: Theories of Self and Identity 3
  • 2: Discursive Methods and the Study of Self 24
  • 3: Narrative 45
  • Section II - Applying Methods 65
  • 4: Doing a Narrative Analysis 67
  • 5: Analysis and Writing Up the Project 87
  • Section III - Contemporary Applications 109
  • 6: Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse 113
  • 7: Terminal Illness 135
  • 8: Contemporary Ways of Making Meaning 159
  • Concluding Synopsis 179
  • Bibliography 181
  • Index 193
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