Damaged Identities,Narrative Repair / Edition 1

Damaged Identities,Narrative Repair / Edition 1

by Hilde Lindemann Nelson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801487404

ISBN-13: 9780801487408

Pub. Date: 03/28/2001

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Hilde Lindemann Nelson focuses on the stories of groups of people—including Gypsies, mothers, nurses, and transsexuals—whose identities have been defined by those with the power to speak for them and to constrain the scope of their actions. By placing their stories side by side with narratives about the groups in question, Nelson arrives at some important…  See more details below

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Hilde Lindemann Nelson focuses on the stories of groups of people—including Gypsies, mothers, nurses, and transsexuals—whose identities have been defined by those with the power to speak for them and to constrain the scope of their actions. By placing their stories side by side with narratives about the groups in question, Nelson arrives at some important insights regarding the nature of identity. She regards personal identity as consisting not only of how people view themselves but also of how others view them. These perceptions combine to shape the person's field of action. If a dominant group constructs the identities of certain people through socially shared narratives that mark them as morally subnormal, those who bear the damaged identity cannot exercise their moral agency freely.Nelson identifies two kinds of damage inflicted on identities by abusive group relations: one kind deprives individuals of important social goods, and the other deprives them of self-respect. To intervene in the production of either kind of damage, Nelson develops the counterstory, a strategy of resistance that allows the identity to be narratively repaired and so restores the person to full membership in the social and moral community. By attending to the power dynamics that constrict agency, Damaged Identities, Narrative Repair augments the narrative approaches of ethicists such as Alasdair MacIntyre, Martha Nussbaum, Richard Rorty, and Charles Taylor.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801487408
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,081,644
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1Narrative Repair: Reclaiming Moral Agency1
Ch. 2Narrative Approaches to Ethics36
Ch. 3The Narrative Construction of Personal Identities69
Ch. 4Identities Damaged to Order106
Ch. 5Counterstories150
Bibliography189
Index199

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