Narrative Power

Asking how we can build sustainable stories for a better future, the book advocates the cultivation of a narrative hope, a narrative wisdom and a politics of narrative humanity.

Author: Ken Plummer

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 1509517022

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

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Narratives are the wealth of nations: they animate life, sustain culture and cultivate humanity. They regulate and empower us, bringing both joy and discontent. And they are always embedded in ubiquitous power: stories shape power, and power shapes story. In this provocative and original study, Ken Plummer takes us on a journey to explore some of the key dimensions of this narrative power. His main focus is on what he calls ‘narratives of suffering’ and how these change through transformative narrative actions across an array of media forms. The modern world is in crisis, and long-standing narratives are being challenged in five major directions: through deep inequalities, global state complexities, digital risks, the perpetual puzzle of truth and the ever-emerging contingencies of time. Asking how we can build sustainable stories for a better future, the book advocates the cultivation of a narrative hope, a narrative wisdom and a politics of narrative humanity. Narrative Power suggests novel directions for enquiry, discusses a raft of innovative ideas and concepts, and sets a striking new agenda for research and action.
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Narrative Power

"A mix of established and new writers join several scholars in considering the politics of narrative manifested in fiction, history, and science"--Back cover.

Author: L. Timmel Duchamp


ISBN: 1933500344

Category: History

Page: 260

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"A mix of established and new writers join several scholars in considering the politics of narrative manifested in fiction, history, and science"--Back cover.
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Narrative Power and Liberal Truth

Narrative. Power. of. Liberal. Truths. WHEN READING SECONDARY WORKS in
political theory in order to enrich and further our own scholarly projects, we often
discover paths of internal logic and arguments not consciously articulated by the

Author: Eldon J. Eisenach

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742507912

Category: Political Science

Page: 235

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Liberal political thought-from its origins in the seventeenth-century through today's rights discourse-is grounded in the ideal of the autonomous individual. As the theory holds, these individuals are 'born in freedom' from religious, political, social or economic obligations and then construct these systems through individual and collective choices. Over the past thirty years, however, this understanding of freedom has been challenged from a variety of perspectives. Eldon J. Eisenach has been at the forefront of that challenge, stressing the centrality of religious elements and assumptions in liberal writings that many scholars suppressed or ignored. In Narrative Power and Liberal Truth Eisenach brings together eleven of his previously published essays to demonstrate that many 'postmodernist' ideas of persons and freedom are already present within the tradition of liberal political philosophy and that liberalism itself is more capacious of human experience and meanings than modern critiques allow.
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Digital Storytelling

The Narrative Power of Visual Effects in Film Shilo T. McClean. Trick. or. Treat:A.
Framework. for. the. Narrative. Uses. of. Digital. Visual. Effects. in. Film. With
quality movies such as The Eternal Sunshine ofthe Spotless Mind and Lord of the

Author: Shilo T. McClean

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262304191

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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How digital visual effects in film can be used to support storytelling: a guide for scriptwriters and students. Computer-generated effects are often blamed for bad Hollywood movies. Yet when a critic complains that "technology swamps storytelling" (in a review of Van Helsing, calling it "an example of everything that is wrong with Hollywood computer-generated effects movies"), it says more about the weakness of the story than the strength of the technology. In Digital Storytelling, Shilo McClean shows how digital visual effects can be a tool of storytelling in film, adding narrative power as do sound, color, and "experimental" camera angles—other innovative film technologies that were once criticized for being distractions from the story. It is time, she says, to rethink the function of digital visual effects. Effects artists say—contrary to the critics—that effects always derive from story. Digital effects are a part of production, not post-production; they are becoming part of the story development process. Digital Storytelling is grounded in filmmaking, the scriptwriting process in particular. McClean considers crucial questions about digital visual effects—whether they undermine classical storytelling structure, if they always call attention to themselves, whether their use is limited to certain genres—and looks at contemporary films (including a chapter-long analysis of Steven Spielberg's use of computer-generated effects) and contemporary film theory to find the answers. McClean argues that to consider digital visual effects as simply contributing the "wow" factor underestimates them. They are, she writes, the legitimate inheritors of film storycraft.
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Analyzing Narrative

narratives in the media and in the political arena. In the second part of the
chapter (section 5.4), we will focus on story ownership seen not only as a
significant tool for the exercise of narrative power in the social world, but also as
a crucial ...

Author: Anna De Fina

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139502580

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines


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The socially minded linguistic study of storytelling in everyday life has been rapidly expanding. This book provides a critical engagement with this dynamic field of narrative studies, addressing long-standing questions such as definitions of narrative and views of narrative structure but also more recent preoccupations such as narrative discourse and identities, narrative language, power and ideologies. It also offers an overview of a wide range of methodologies, analytical modes and perspectives on narrative from conversation analysis to critical discourse analysis, to linguistic anthropology and ethnography of communication. The discussion engages with studies of narrative in multiple situational and cultural settings, from informal-intimate to institutional. It also demonstrates how recent trends in narrative analysis, such as small stories research, positioning analysis and sociocultural orientations, have contributed to a new paradigm that approaches narratives not simply as texts, but rather as complex communicative practices intimately linked with the production of social life.
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The Power of Narrative in Environmental Networks

The Centrality of Narratives It is a truism that, to sell something to someone, you
have to tell a good story and tell it well. But, in this book, we are not concerned
with narrative as a vehicle for “spin-doctoring” (though that is a part of the modern

Author: Raul Lejano

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262019378

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 225

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Theory and case studies demonstrate the analytic potential of mutually constitutive "narrative networks" in environmental governance.
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Power and Marginality in the Abraham Narrative Second Edition

Landlessness (insecurity) and the status of stranger might therefore be
understood as the force behind the action of Abraham. This understanding of
power is inverted as the narrative concludes, for it is Abraham who is guaranteed
a status as ...

Author: Hemchand Gossai

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781630878023

Category: Religion

Page: 168

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Who will speak for Hagar or Isaac or Sarah or the daughters of Lot? With an interpretive trajectory that moves from the margin to the center, this book gives voice to the marginalized and voiceless in the Abraham Narratives. Further, this approach is based on the premise that there is a continuum of power in the various characters in these narratives and that the most powerful are those who are lodged at the center while those with the least power are on the margin or beyond. The intent of this study is to direct and perhaps re-direct our attention to the text and with fresh eyes seek a sometimes radical realignment of roles and power. It is true that many of the characters focused on in this book are women. This is not, however, only a book about women, though clearly women are the principal characters on the margin.
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J M Coetzee and the Power of Narrative

literary; but it is equally true that his work up to and including The Master of
Petersburg...acknowledges the power of contemporary politics to delimit any
fictional project. (“Belief” 100) The Master of Petersburg starts firmly anchored in
a place ...


Publisher: Cambria Press

ISBN: 9781621968993



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Exploring Learning Identity and Power Through Life History and Narrative Research

The de/re/constructive agitation of certainty and the familiar through a practice
that periodically reinterprets personal narrative has the potential for stirring up
even those certitudes longest congealed, and the power to contest prevailing ...

Author: Ann-Marie Bathmaker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135163686

Category: Education

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The book brings together a collection of writing by different authors who use a narrative/life history approach to explore the experiences of a wide range of people, reflecting on learning and education at significant moments in their lives.
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The Routledge International Handbook on Narrative and Life History

Narrative theory is about the arts, philosophies and science of telling: the process
and procedures through which our stories are accomplished. But running through
all this is the underlying and unmistakeable force of power: narrative power.

Author: Ivor Goodson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317665700

Category: Education

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In recent decades, there has been a substantial turn towards narrative and life history study. The embrace of narrative and life history work has accompanied the move to postmodernism and post-structuralism across a wide range of disciplines: sociological studies, gender studies, cultural studies, social history; literary theory; and, most recently, psychology. Written by leading international scholars from the main contributing perspectives and disciplines, The Routledge International Handbook on Narrative and Life History seeks to capture the range and scope as well as the considerable complexity of the field of narrative study and life history work by situating these fields of study within the historical and contemporary context. Topics covered include: • The historical emergences of life history and narrative study • Techniques for conducting life history and narrative study • Identity and politics • Generational history • Social and psycho-social approaches to narrative history With chapters from expert contributors, this volume will prove a comprehensive and authoritative resource to students, researchers and educators interested in narrative theory, analysis and interpretation.
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Enacting History in Henry James

This book places James' work in a fresh theoretical context and throws new light on this most enigmatic of writers.

Author: Gert Buelens

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521121450

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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The Jamesian mode of writing, it has been claimed, actively works against an understanding of the way truth, history and power circulate in his texts. Enacting History in Henry James argues instead that James' writing promises an experiential type of knowledge, one that is attained by actively participating in the power games and moral dramas that unfold within the text. Reading James thus requires not just an emotional responsiveness, but also an ethical assumption of responsibility for the act of reading. This book places James' work in a fresh theoretical context and throws new light on this most enigmatic of writers.
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Narrative and Social Control

Outside the rubric of Western Marxism a narrative structure premised on the
mechanisms of concealment found a particular resonance in social theory. I will
propose that the theory of power began in utter transparency yet it ended with a ...

Author: Dennis K. Mumby

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781452254333

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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What is the relationship between narrative, society and the forms of control that function in society? This critical analysis examines the role of narrative in the creation of various social realities. The central theme is that narrative is a pervasive form of human communication integral to the production and shaping of social order. Each chapter provides both a theoretical framework and an examination of narratives in a range of communication contexts - interpersonal, small group, organizational and mass media - illustrating the far-reaching impact of narrative on our lives and social organizations.
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The Power of Iranian Narratives

In this book, narrative analysis shapes a grand text from the stories of selected
Iranians who left their homeland after 1 979 to come to America. These stories
are set in a context that gives the reader a deep understanding of who the Iranian
is ...

Author: Laleh Shahideh

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 0761827463

Category: Religion

Page: 149

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This book examines how, through the mediation of past history and current cultural and professional experience, selected Iranian professionals who came to the United States after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, created new identities and possibilities for the future. The stories and experiences of these individuals speak of elements that have contributed to Iranians' view of themselves and their relationship with one another. The study touches upon the conflict between Iranians' national/cultural and religious identities and explains how individuals' understanding of power and capacity to act is interrelated with the sequences, continuity, and preservation of historical events. Furthermore, it describes how, through interpretation and re-interpretation of narratives, individuals and communities can reflect upon their understanding and ownership of power and make changes that reconnect and empower them in the future. The power of narrative is a medium to initiate a long overdue dialogue amongst Iranians that could help heal the history of a thousand years.
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Narrative and Professional Communication

5) and in issues of power. "The social construction of reality," says Mumby, is "the
product of the complex relations among narrative, power, and culture" (pp. 6-7) —
relations that "are always open to," and indeed always subject to "contestation ...

Author: Jane M. Perkins

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 1567504493

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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Legitimizes narrative in professional communication as a vibrant focus of research, pedagogic, and practical interest and offers many possible directions for future work.
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Power Play

power. Various episodes of 2 Samuel often revolve around configurations of
power—grasping, retaining, jockeying for position, and posturing. In this narrative
, power is sought by the memorable “cast of thousands” that populate the story.

Author: Keith Bodner

Publisher: Clements Publishing Group

ISBN: 1894667379

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Narrative as Rhetoric

The conclusion that the story demonstrates the magical power of narrative does
not attend sufficiently to the first move of my analysis: the inference that Porter's
story tells us that Ninette comes back not because of the cook's spell but because

Author: James Phelan

Publisher: Ohio State University Press

ISBN: 9780814206881

Category: Fiction

Page: 237

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"In Narrative as Rhetoric, James Phelan explores the consequences for narrative theory of two significant principles: (1) narrative is rhetoric because narrative occurs when someone tells a particular story for a particular audience in a particular situation for some particular purpose(s); (2) the reading of narrative is a multidimensional activity, simultaneously engaging our intellects, emotions, ideologies, and ethics." "The rhetorical theory of narrative that emerges from these investigations emphasizes the recursive relationships between authorial agency, textual phenomena, and reader response, even as it remains open to insights from a range of critical approaches - including feminism, psychoanalysis, Bakhtinian linguistics, and cultural studies. The rhetorical criticism Phelan advocates and employs seeks, above all, to attend carefully to the multiple demands of reading sophisticated narrative; for that reason, his rhetorical theory moves less toward predictions about the relationships between techniques, ethics, and ideologies and more toward developing some principles and concepts that allow us to recognize the complex diversity of narrative art." "Written with clarity and flair and experimenting at times with the conventions of critical writing, this collection, which includes some of Phelan's best work, is itself audience oriented. The book includes an appendix that is in part an experiment with voice, and it ends with a helpful glossary of the technical vocabulary of narrative theory."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Understanding Narrative Inquiry

These three modes of objectification of the subject are closely related to the issue
of power and knowledge, as Foucault suggests that it is a form of power that
makes individuals subjects. When Foucault speaks of power, however, he does
not ...

Author: Jeong-Hee Kim

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781483324692

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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Understanding Narrative Inquiry: The Crafting and Analysis of Stories as Research is a comprehensive, thought-provoking introduction to narrative inquiry in the social and human sciences that guides readers through the entire narrative inquiry process—from locating narrative inquiry in the interdisciplinary context, through the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings, to narrative research design, data collection (excavating stories), data analysis and interpretation, and theorizing narrative meaning. Six extracts from exemplary studies, together with questions for discussion, are provided to show how to put theory into practice. Rich in stories from author Jeong-Hee Kim’s own research endeavors and incorporating chapter-opening vignettes that illustrate a graduate student's research dilemma, the book not only accompanies readers through the complex process of narrative inquiry with ample examples, but also helps raise their consciousness about what it means to be a qualitative researcher and a narrative inquirer in particular.
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Constructing the Narratives of Identity and Power

s1 classic concept of a nation depicts it as an imagined political community, a
metaphorical kinship of people who will most likely never know each other.

Author: Karina V. Korostelina

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739183946

Category: Social Science

Page: 266

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Constructing the Narratives of Identity and Power analyzes the practice of national self-imagination. Karina V. Korostelina puts forward a structural-functional model of national narratives that describes three major components—dualistic order, mythic narratives, and normative order—and two main functions of national narratives—the development of the meaning of national identity and the legitimization of power. Korostelina describes the differences and conflicting elements of the national narratives that constitute the contested arena of nation-building in Ukraine.
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Gendering the Master Narrative

Women and Power in the Middle Ages Mary Carpenter Erler, Maryanne
Kowaleski. CHAPTER ONE Women and Power through the Family Revisited Jo
Ann McNamara Heraclitus tells us that you cannot step into the same river twice ,
and ...

Author: Mary Carpenter Erler

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801488303

Category: History

Page: 269

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Gendering the Master Narrative asks whether a female tradition of power might have existed distinct from the male one, and how such a tradition might have been transmitted. It describes women's progress toward power as a push-pull movement, showing how practices and institutions that ostensibly enabled women in the Middle Ages could sometimes erode their authority as well. This book provides a much-needed theoretical and historical reassessment of medieval women's power. It updates the conclusions from the editors' essential volume on that topic, Women and Power in the Middle Ages, which was published in 1988 and altered the prevailing view of female subservience by correcting the nearly ubiquitous equation of "power" with "public authority." Most scholars now accept a broader definition of power based on the interactions between men and women. In their Introduction, Mary C. Erler and Maryanne Kowaleski survey the directions in which the study of medieval women's agency has developed in the past fifteen years. Like its predecessor, this volume is richly interdisciplinary. It contains essays by highly regarded scholars of history, literature, and art history, and features seventeen black-and-white illustrations and two maps.
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