Narrative analysis in aging studies: A typology for consideration

Cassandra Phoenix, Brett Smith, Andrew C. Sparkes

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This article seeks to expand our understanding on narrative and the analysis of stories researchers invite and collect in the domain of aging studies. To do so, we first offer an understanding of what narrative inquiry can be by laying out a theoretical basis for this kind of research, and making a case for the relevance of narrative as an alternative methodology. Painting with broad strokes, narrative analysis as a method is then considered before a typology of different ways in which stories can be analyzed is introduced. Illuminated by the typology are two contrasting standpoints toward narrative analysis—storyteller and story analyst—and three specific methods—structural, performative, and autoethnograpic creative analytic practices—that each standpoint might use to analyse the whats and hows of storytelling. The article closes by suggesting that in order to assist us to understand the complexities of aging researchers might consider using a variety of analyses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
JournalJournal of Aging Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010


  • Acing; Narrative analysis; Story analyst; Storyteller; Structural analysis; Performative analysis; Creative analytical practices;


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