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Political narratives / narrations of the political: an introduction


Groth, Stefan (2019). Political narratives / narrations of the political: an introduction. Narrative Culture, 6(1):1-18.

Abstract

This introductory essay outlines a perspective on political narratives that moves beyond a narrow understanding and highlights the reception of political narratives in everyday contexts and conceptualizations of political spheres in everyday narratives of the political. It offers distinct perspectives of (1) narrative as practice and ontology, that is, the view that telling and receiving stories are universal modes of mediating (political) views; (2) narrative as strategy, that is, the intentional or automatic use of narrative to further relatively specific goals; and (3) narrative as method, that is, as an analytic approach to sociopolitical realities in academia. The essays in this issue show how political narratives are interpreted, modified, and coconstructed in everyday stories and as part of popular narratives, and how political processes and structures are framed in everyday narratives.

Abstract

This introductory essay outlines a perspective on political narratives that moves beyond a narrow understanding and highlights the reception of political narratives in everyday contexts and conceptualizations of political spheres in everyday narratives of the political. It offers distinct perspectives of (1) narrative as practice and ontology, that is, the view that telling and receiving stories are universal modes of mediating (political) views; (2) narrative as strategy, that is, the intentional or automatic use of narrative to further relatively specific goals; and (3) narrative as method, that is, as an analytic approach to sociopolitical realities in academia. The essays in this issue show how political narratives are interpreted, modified, and coconstructed in everyday stories and as part of popular narratives, and how political processes and structures are framed in everyday narratives.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
390 Customs, etiquette & folklore
Uncontrolled Keywords:Narrative modes, folktales, storytelling, political anthropology, narratology, political debate, political ideologies, political power
Language:English
Date:March 2019
Deposited On:02 May 2019 13:06
Last Modified:25 Sep 2019 00:30
Publisher:Wayne State University Press
ISSN:2169-0235
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.13110/narrcult.6.1.0001
Official URL:https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.13110/narrcult.6.1.0001
Related URLs:https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.13110/narrcult.6.1.0001?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents (Library Catalogue)

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