Kaja’s story: The importance of narrative ‘threads’ as a qualitative analysis approach


  • Caroline Lenette University of New South Wales Australia




Refugee young people’s perspectives, identity, qualitative analysis, narrative ‘threads’, refugee woman’s narrative


Young people’s narratives can often be reduced to mere ‘illustrative’ purposes when reporting research findings. As a result, contributions can lose their richness and yield decontextualized accounts in discussions on integration. This article highlights how using narrative ‘threads’ (Lumsden, 2013; Spence, 1983) to convey a refugee young woman’s story can value her contributions more fully, and offer contextual insights that might otherwise be missed. Her narrative emerged from a qualitative study where six refugee young people were interviewed about their experiences of international advocacy in Switzerland in 2016. Young people’s inter-woven narrative threads can better inform meaningful youth integration initiatives.



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How to Cite

Lenette, C. (2017). Kaja’s story: The importance of narrative ‘threads’ as a qualitative analysis approach. INYI Journal, 8(1), 4–7. https://doi.org/10.25071/1929-8471.43