Master Narrative Methodology: A Primer for Conducting Structural-Psychological Research

Moin Syed, Kate C. McLean

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Objective: The emphasis placed on individual-level analysis throughout psychological science in general, and diversity science in particular, has left the role of structural factors undertheorized. Moreover, the field suffers from a lack of research methods that fully investigate structural–individual relations. This article outlines one structural-psychological approach, the master narrative framework, and details various methods for taking social structures into account while still maintaining the focus on the individual. Conclusion: These methods, including event narratives, in-depth interviews, life-script analysis, focus groups, experiments, and conversation analysis, allow for an understanding of both the nature and substance of the structures and how individuals interact with them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-63
Number of pages11
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 5 2021

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  • Diversity science
  • Master narratives
  • Narrative psychology
  • Research methods
  • Structural perspectives


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