A Hermeneutic Case Reconstruction of a published first-person narrative

Crabtree, Merrill (2002) A Hermeneutic Case Reconstruction of a published first-person narrative. Qualitative Research Journal, 2 3: 79-91.

Author Crabtree, Merrill
Title A Hermeneutic Case Reconstruction of a published first-person narrative
Journal name Qualitative Research Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1468-7941
Publication date 2002
Volume 2
Issue 3
Start page 79
End page 91
Total pages 13
Editor Paul A. Atkinson
Sara Delamont
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Collection year 2002
Language eng
Subject C1
321024 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Occupational and Physical
730303 Occupational, speech and physiotherapy
Abstract Hermeneutic Case Reconstruction (Rosenthal, 1993) is a systematic method of analysing biographical self-presentations from an interpretivist perspective. The method consists of five major analytic steps. The first is an analysis of the biographical data that can stand independently of the narrator’s perspective. ‘Objective’ data is extracted from the text or interview transcript and ordered chronologically. Secondly, a thematic field analysis is undertaken in which the data is divided into separate units according to the type of text used, whilst keeping the sequence of these texts units intact. In this step, hypotheses are developed regarding the potential significance of the style and sequence of the events presented. The product of this second step is a reconstruction of the life story. A reconstruction of the life history then follows as the third step. The purpose of this step is to generate hypotheses about the meanings that biographical experiences might have had for the narrator at the time they occurred, given the sociocultural context in which they occurred. In the fourth step, microanalysis of individual text segments is undertaken, in which all hypotheses generated in the earlier steps are tested against the text for support or refutation. The final step consists of a contrastive comparison of the life history and life story. The life story and life history are compared to determine, for example, which aspects of the narrator’s experience have been emphasised or minimised. Through this comparison, the selective process is highlighted. This is referred to as the case structure. This paper describes an application of this method to a published first-person narrative of a woman’s experiences of sustaining a brain injury in a motor vehicle accident.
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