Storied Lives / Edition 1

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In this provocative book, psychologists, anthropologists, and sociologists analyze interviews with a range of subjects (a minister, Holocaust survivors, a rape victim, and others) to present a new way of thinking about autobiographical narratives. They argue that these narratives play a significant role in the formation of identity, that the way they are told is shaped by prevalent cultural norms, and that the stories may be liberated from the psychic and social obstacles constraining them if the narrators gain critical insight into their own accounts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300054552
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Life Stories, Cultural Politics, and Self-Understanding 1
I Life Stories and Identity
1 Work, Identity, and Narrative: An Artist-Craftsman's Story 21
2 In the Name of the Father 41
3 The Afterlife of Stories: Genesis of a Man of God 60
4 "How Do You Introduce Yourself as a Childless Mother?": Birthparent Interpretations of Parenthood 76
5 Language and the Body: Communication and Identity Formation in Choreography 95
6 A Life Story to Take across the Border: Notes on an Exchange 108
II Cultural Politics and the Constraint of Narrative Identity
7 Life Stories: Pieces of a Dream 127
8 Lives as Texts: Symptoms as Modes of Recounting in the Life Histories of Holocaust Survivors 145
9 African-Americans and the Pursuit of Wider Identities: Self-Other Understandings in Black Female Narratives 165
10 The Family as an Overwrought Object of Desire 178
III Critical Awakenings and the Renewal of Narrative Identity
11 Karen: The Transforming Story 195
12 Social Insight and Psychological Liberation 214
13 Making Sense of Marital Violence: One Woman's Narrative 231
14 Ideology Criticism and Life-History Research 250
Conclusion: Reflections on Narrative Self-Understanding 265
Index 291
List of Contributors 303
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