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    Michele L. Crossley(Author)

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This introductory textbook presents a coherent overview of the theory, methodology and potential application of narrative psychological approaches. It compares narrative psychology with other social constructionist approaches and argues that the experience of self only takes on meaning through specific linguistic, historical and social structures. The author shows how the choice of one narrative over another - for example arising out of dominant narrative structures of power and control - can have serious social and psychological implications for the construction of images of self, responsibility, blame and morality. Theoretical approaches are introduced and an overview of methods is provided, encouraging individuals to apply these theories to their own autobiographies. Such theories are further illustrated with case-study material drawing on physical illness (HIV infection) and childhood sexual abuse. Each of these issues is examined in a way which demonstrates how different contemporary narratives and discourses are used to construct meaning and a sense of coherent identity in the face of traumatic events which break down temporal coherence and order. Taken as a whole, this book represents useful reading for students and researchers interested in narrative psychology.

Michele Crossley is a Lecturer in Psychology in the Department of Dentistry at the University of Manchester. She is author of Healing Sylvia: Childhood Sexual Abuse and the Construction of Identity (nee Davies, Taylor and Francis, 1995) and Critical Approaches to Health Psychology (Open University Press, forthcoming). She has published extensively in international journals in relation to the psychological and emotional aspects of traumatising events. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 192 pages
  • Michele L. Crossley(Author)
  • Open University Press (1 Jan. 2000)
  • English
  • 2
  • Health, Family & Lifestyle

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  • By l_j_black@hotmail.com on 12 September 2000

    "Introducing Narrative Psychology" by Michele L. Crossley is a well-written, informative book on this complicated area. She orders the book comprehensively into three main sections, allowing the reader time to process ideas and methods before moving on to the next theme. Brief chapter summaries and comprehensive reading lists are useful not only in a classroom situation, but are helpful as quick reference guides to the chapters. Whilst the specific case-study material may initally appear to be too specialized for the general reader, they prove to be highly suitable examples for the methodology and show clearly how the construction of the self is affected by life trajectories. This book will be invaluable to both students and teachers of psychology, those studying identity issues or dealing more generally with narrative.

  • By Anne on 2 September 2012

    Very good read. Provides overview of the theory of narrative psychology, and points to where one can find more information. It also gives a good introduction to how to analyse data using narrative methods.


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