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Scenic re-enactment in Holocaust testimonies: scenic-narrative microanalysis and grounded theory

ByPascal Heberlein, Andreas Hamburger

This chapter describes the design of the first applications of scenic-narrative micro-analysis, as it was adopted in the Yale Video Testimony Study in combination with parallel grounded theory. Grounded theory is a widely approved social-scientific research method, developed in 1967 by Barney G. Glaser and Anselm L. Strauss and later enhanced by Strauss and Juliet Corbin. However, in the described project, grounded theory faced the difficulty that the phenomenon under examination was expected to get hold of the subtexts, that is, the non-spoken conversational content. The result of the grounded theory analysis was a list of subjects within the life histories that were either positive, stabilising, and relevant or burdening and negative. Scenic-narrative microanalysis assumes as a principle that meaning itself, not only in the field of human psychology, is a relational phenomenon. Scenic-narrative microanalysis as a reanalysis of such a real registered situation therefore has to remain conscious of the mediality of its access.