Narrative Networks

Katherine Stovel, Daniel Koski-Karell

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Narrative networks are a method for representing narrative data that facilitates systematic comparison and interpretation of qualitative accounts of social phenomena. The basic insight behind the narrative network approach is that it is possible to break a narrative into "elements" and treat these elements as nodes in a network, where links between nodes represent either causal or temporal connection between nodes. Such networks can then be analyzed using standard network measures such as density, centrality, or connectivity. Sometimes the structure of the narrative network will be revelatory in and of itself " as in studies of identity formation " while in other cases narrative accounts can be compared or integrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015


  • Boundaries
  • Casing
  • Collective memory
  • Culture
  • History
  • Identity
  • Life history
  • Methods
  • Mixed-methods
  • Narrative
  • Narrative turn
  • Narratives
  • Nazi
  • Network
  • Network analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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