Uncovering the hidden face of narrative analysis: A reflexive perspective through MAXQDA

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Despite some struggles in acquiring full recognition, narrative inquiry is now well-established in applied linguistics, especially within the domain of language learning and teaching. Most importantly, there is a growing body of literature which specifically addresses methodological issues related to applied linguistics (e.g., Barkhuizen, 2013; Bell, 2002, 2011; Benson, 2018). This article extends the epistemological debates which have characterised narrative inquiry over the past decade and puts the spotlight on a specific method, narrative analysis, the process of writing stories as an approach to data analysis and representation of research findings. In particular, I will unpack my experience of doing narrative analysis through MAXQDA, a Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis (CAQDAS) Software. The use of this software did not only facilitate narrative analysis whilst dealing with a large dataset and different data sources, but also supported my engagement with researcher reflexivity, thereby legitimizing further the rigour of this narrative methodology.
Original languageEnglish
Article number 102611
Early online date14 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021


  • narrative analysis
  • reflexivity
  • methodological rigour


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