Overview

The impact of public narratives has been so broad (including effects on beliefs and behavior but extending beyond to emotion and personality), that the stakeholders in the process have been located across disciplines, institutions, governments, and, indeed, across epochs. Narrative Impact draws upon scholars in diverse branches of psychology and media research to explore the subjective experience of public narratives, the affordances of the narrative environment, and the roles played by narratives in both ...
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Narrative Impact: Social and Cognitive Foundations

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Overview

The impact of public narratives has been so broad (including effects on beliefs and behavior but extending beyond to emotion and personality), that the stakeholders in the process have been located across disciplines, institutions, governments, and, indeed, across epochs. Narrative Impact draws upon scholars in diverse branches of psychology and media research to explore the subjective experience of public narratives, the affordances of the narrative environment, and the roles played by narratives in both personal and collective spheres. The book brings together current theory and research presented primarily from an empirical psychological and communications perspective, as well as contributions from literary theory, sociology, and censorship studies.

To be commensurate with the broad scope of influence of public narratives, the book includes the narrative mobilization of major social movements, the formation of self-concepts in young people, banning of texts in schools, the constraining impact of narratives on jurors in the court room, and the wide use of education entertainment to affect social changes.

Taken together, the interdisciplinary nature of the book and its stellar list of contributors set it apart from many edited volumes. Narrative Impact will draw readership from various fields, including sociology, literary studies, and curriculum policy.

Providing new explanatory concepts, this book:

*is the first account on the psychology of narrative persuasion and brings together the relevant conceptualizations from within various sectors of psychology together with the major issues that concern cognate disciplines outside of psychology;

*focuses on understanding the mechanisms that underlie the power of public narratives to achieve broad historical and social changes;

*offers breakthroughs to the future: the role of "presence" in virtual reality narratives; the role of "zines" in females' fashioning of their selves; and the central role of imagery in transportation into narrative worlds;

*explains varying roles of emotion in narrative immersion; and

*addresses the growing blurring of fact and fiction: mechanisms and implications for beliefs and behavior.

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Scholars in psychology and media studies explore the subjective experience of public narratives, the affordances of the narrative environments, and the roles played by narratives in both personal and collective spheres. The perspective is primarily empirical psychological and communications, but some contributors weigh in from literary theory, sociology, and censorship studies. The 14 essays cover the experience of stories, the real-world impact of narratives, and theoretical perspectives. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135673277
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/30/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 396
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 Power Beyond Reckoning: An Introduction to Narrative Impact 1
2 Mythic Structures in Narrative: The Domestication of Immortality 17
3 Emotions and the Story Worlds of Fiction 39
4 "Get Up and Win!": Participatory Responses to Narrative 71
5 The Evolution of Interactive Media: Toward "Being There" in Nonlinear Narrative Worlds 97
6 Controversial Narratives in the Schools: Content, Values, and Conflicting Viewpoints 131
7 Entertainment Education and the Persuasive Impact of Narratives 157
8 Girls, Reading, and Narrative Gleaning: Crafting Repertoires for Self-Fashioning Within Everyday Life 183
9 The Narrative Integration of Personal and Collective Identity in Social Movements 205
10 How Does the Mind Construct and Represent Stories? 229
11 How Fictional Tales Wag Real-World Beliefs: Models and Mechanisms of Narrative Influence 263
12 The Pervasive Role of Stories in Knowledge and Action 287
13 In the Mind's Eye: Transportation-Imagery Model of Narrative Persuasion 315
14 Insights and Research Implications: Epilogue to Narrative Impact 343
Author Index 355
Subject Index 365
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