A graduate-level introduction to narrative analysis, including the Narrative Policy Framework (NPF) and related theories, including Cultural Theory. Coverage of NPF, narrative analysis, types of narratives, discourse analysis, the narrative paradigm, Cultural Theory, DeLeuzian approaches, and related narrative theories and approaches.
NPF has emerged since 2010 as a leading mixed methods approach to analysis of matters of widespread policy controversy, such as climate change, energy policy, immigration, obesity, genetically modified food, and many other domains.
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NARRATIVE ANALYSIS & NPF Table of Contents Overview 5 Key Concepts and Terms 6 Scripts 6 Patterns 6 Clues 7 Stories 8 Narratives 9 Overview 9 Life stories 10 Dynamic narrating 10 Narrative linkage and slippage 12 Historical narratives 12 Themes 13 Framing 14 Mechanics of narrative analysis 15 Frameworks and approaches 15 Scanning 17 Analytic bracketing 18 Coding and coding software 18 Temporal organization of the narrative 22 Plot lines 22 Contextual analysis 22 Focus groups 22 Narrative policy framework (NPF) analysis 23 Overview 23 Key concepts 24 Narratives 24 Dual narratives 27 Actor roles 28 Policy coalitions 29 Policy cultures 29 Policy learning, puzzling, and powering 30 Canonicity and breach 31 Congruence 31 Narrative coherence 32 Narrative fidelity 32 Narrative transportation 32 Further reading 33 Related theories 33 Issue framing theory 33 Advocacy coalition framework (ACF) theory 35 Cultural Theory 36 The Narrative Paradigm 45 Literary analysis of policy narrative 45 Social construction theory 46 Narrative policy analysis theory 48 Other related theories. 49 NPF research methods 50 Selecting policy examples 50 Coding 50 Example 1: Liberal-conservative narratives by actor type and character role type 52 Example 2: Deserving-undeserving social construction by policy issue and character role 53 Example 3: NPF, social construction, and experimental design 54 Example 4: Experimental design using cluster analysis 57 Example 5: NPF analysis of the role of media 59 Example 6: Ego-alter network analysis 61 Example 7: Purely qualitative NPF analysis 62 What NPF and Cultural Theory predict 63 Micro level NPF theory (individual level) 64 Meso level NPF theory (coalition or group level) 66 Macro level NPF theory (societal, cultural, or institutional level) 69 Facet theory 74 Overview 74 Facets 74 Example 74 Facet analysis Software 75 Assumptions 76 Subjectivity 76 Frequently Asked Questions 76 When is narrative analysis useful? 76 Is discourse analysis the same as narrative analysis? 77 How is narrative analysis different from content analysis? 78 What is structural semiotic analysis? 79 How is narrative analysis related to existentialism? 80 How is narrative analysis related to Deleuzian philosophy? 80 What are dendograms? 81 What are some examples of the use of narrative analysis? 82 Bibliography 84 Page count: 108