Memory, Identity, Community: The Idea of Narrative in the Human Sciences

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Lewis P. Hinchman, Sandra Hinchman
SUNY Press, 1997 - Philosophy - 393 pages
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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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Contents

Memory
1
Narrative and the Real World An Argument for Continuity David Carr
7
The Narrative Quality of Experience Stephen Crites
26
History with the Politics Left Out Gertrude Himmelfarb
51
Storytelling in Criminal Trials a Model of Social Judgment W Lance Bennett
72
Human Evolution as Narrative Misia Landau
104
Identity
119
The Language of the Self Anthony Paul Kerby
125
Self Autonomy and Responsibility Barbara RowlandSerdar Peregrine SchwartzShea
213
Community
235
The Virtues the Unity of a Human Life and the Concept of a Tradition Alasdair Maclntyre
241
Ethnography as Narrative Edward M Bruner
264
Storytelling and Political Theory Philip Abbott
281
Narration Reason and Community Walter R Fisher
307
Postmodern Environmental Ethics Ethics as Bioregional Narrative Jim Cheney
328
Bibliography
351

Art Narrative and Human Nature David Novitz
143
Narratives of the Self Kenneth J Gergen Mary M Gergen
161
The Genesis of Chronic Illness Narrative Reconstruction Gareth Williams
185
Contributors
379
Index
383
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About the author (1997)

Lewis P. Hinchman is Professor of Government, Center for Liberal Studies, at Clarkson University. His previous books include Hegel's Critique of the Enlightenment.

Sandra K. Hinchman is Professor of Government at St. Lawrence University. Her previous work includes Hiking the Southwest Canyon Country. The two are coeditors of Hannah Arendt: Critical Essays, also published by SUNY Press.

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