Ethnopoetics and Narrative Analysis

Natasha Carver, Paul Atkinson

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We acknowledge and concur with Catherine Kohler Riessman's insistence on the necessity of sustained and formal analysis of narratives. We thus distance ourselves from qualitative researchers who aim to celebrate personal narratives rather than undertaking that analytic work. In doing so, we also draw on the work of Dell Hymes, whose approach to ethnopoetics informs our own. The discussion is developed and illustrated with materials from Natasha Carver's research with informants of Somali heritage that display the relevance of ethnopoetic transcription and analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-70
Number of pages10
JournalNarrative Works
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2021

Structured keywords

  • SPS Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice


  • Ethnopoetics
  • Reflexivity
  • Narrative analysis
  • Riessman
  • Representation


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