Storied Communities: Narratives of Contact and Arrival in Constituting Political Community

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Hester Lessard, Rebecca Johnson, Jeremy Webber
UBC Press, Jan 1, 2011 - Social Science - 384 pages
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Political communities are defined, and often contested, through stories. Scholars have long recognized that two foundational sets of stories narratives of contact and narratives of arrival helped to define settler societies. We are only beginning to understand how ongoing issues of migration and settlement are linked to issues of indigenous-settler contact.

Storied Communities disrupts the assumption in many works that indigenous and immigrant identities fall into two separate streams of analysis. The authors do not attempt to build a new master narrative they instead juxtapose narratives of contact and arrival as they explore key themes: narrative and narrative form, the nature and hazards of storytelling in the political realm, and the institutional and theoretical implications of foundation narratives and storytelling. By bringing to light the links between narratives of contact and narratives of arrival, this volume opens up new ways to imagine, sustain, and transform political communities.
 

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Contents

Narratives of Contact and Arrival in the Canadian Political Space
27
Narratives and Narrative Form
89
Contact and Its Narratives
143
Arrival and Its Narratives
227
Institutional Implications How Would We Do Things D ifferently If We Took Narrative Seriously?
269
Theoretical Implications Where Do We Go from Here?
331
Contributors
351
Index
355
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Hester Lessard is a professor of law at the University of Victoria. Rebecca Johnson is a professor of law at the University of Victoria. Jeremy Webber holds the Canada Research Chair in Law and Society at the University of Victoria and is also a Trudeau Fellow.

Contributors: Kim Anderson, Bain Attwood, Michael Asch, Brenna Bhandar, J. Edward Chamberlin, Susan Bibler Coutin, Donald Galloway, Anne Godlewska, Sneja Gunew, Johnny Mack, Audrey Macklin, Martha Nandorfy, Jacinta Ruru, Blanca Schorcht, S. Ronald Stevenson, Patricia Tuitt, Richard Van Camp

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