Memory, Identity, Community

Memory, Identity, Community

by Lewis P. Hinchman
     
 

This multidisciplinary volume documents the resurrection of the importance of narrative to the study of individuals and groups and argues that narrative may become a lingua franca of future debates in the human sciences.

This anthology documents the resurrection, in the last few decades, of the importance of narrative to the study of individuals and groups.

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This multidisciplinary volume documents the resurrection of the importance of narrative to the study of individuals and groups and argues that narrative may become a lingua franca of future debates in the human sciences.

This anthology documents the resurrection, in the last few decades, of the importance of narrative to the study of individuals and groups. The editors propose that the human sciences are undergoing a paradigm shift away from nomological models and toward a more humanistic language in which narrative plays a complex and controversial role. Narratives, they claim, help to make experience intelligible, to crystallize personal identity, and to constitute and nurture community.

The fifteen articles in this collection, organized into sections dealing with memory, identity, and community, are by noted scholars representing a wide variety of disciplines, including philosophy, history, religion, communication, environmental studies, political science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and law. They advocate diverse political and ideological positions, supporting the editors’ belief that because narrative has not been captured by any academic bloc, it has the potential to become a lingua franca of future debates in the human sciences.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791433249
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
04/17/1997
Series:
Philosophy of the Social Sciences Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
428
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.95(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I: Memory

1. Narrative and the Real World: An Argument for Continuity
David Carr

2. The Narrative Quality of Experience
Stephen Crites

3. "History with the Politics Left Out"
Gertrude Himmelfarb

4. Storytelling in Criminal Trials: A Model of Social Judgment
W. Lance Bennett

5. Human Evolution as Narrative
Misia Landau

Part II: Identity

6. The Language of the Self
Anthony Paul Kerby

7. Art, Narrative, and Human Nature
David Novitz

8. Narratives of the Self
Kenneth J. Gergen and Mary M. Gergen

9. The Genesis of Chronic Illness: Narrative Reconstruction
Gareth Williams

10. Empowering Women: Self, Autonomy, and Responsibility
Barbara Rowland-Serdar and Peregrine Schwartz-Shea

Part III: Community

11. The Virtues, the Unity of a Human Life, and the Concept of a Tradition
Alasdair MacIntyre

12. Ethnography as Narrative
Edward M. Bruner

13. Storytelling and Political Theory
Philip Abbott

14. Narration, Reason, and Community
Walter R. Fisher

15. Postmodern Environmental Ethics: Ethics as Bioregional Narrative
Jim Cheney

Bibliography

Contributors

Index

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