Stories of Change: Narrative and Social Movements

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Joseph E. Davis
SUNY Press, Jan 10, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 286 pages
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Despite the amount of storytelling in social movements, little attention has been paid to narrative as a form of movement discourse or as a mode of social interaction. Stories of Change is a systematic study of narrative as well as a demonstration of the power of narrative analysis to illuminate many features of contemporary social movements. Davis includes a wide array of stories of change—stories of having been harmed or wronged, stories of conflict with unjust authorities, stories of liberation and empowerment, and stories of strategic success and failure. By showing how these stories are a powerful vehicle for producing, regulating, and diffusing shared meaning, the contributors explore movement stories, their functions, and the conditions under which they are created and performed. They show how narrative study can illuminate social movement emergence, recruitment, internal dynamics, and identity building.
 

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Contents

Narrative and Social Movements The Power of Stories
3
Plotting Protest Mobilizing Stories in the 1960 Student Sitins
31
Controlling Narratives and Narratives as Control within Social Movements
53
Analysis of Narrative in Social Movements
77
Getting Our Histories Straight Culture Narrative and Identity in the SelfHelp Movement
79
Moving Toward the Light Self Other and the Politics of Experience in New Age Narratives
101
Fundamentalism When History Goes Awry
123
Drug Court Stories Transforming American jurisprudence
149
Compassion on Trial Movement Narrative in a Court Conflict over PhysicianAssisted Suicide
179
Movement Advocates as Battered Womens Storytellers From Varied Experiences One Message
203
Conclusion
227
The Storied Group Social Movements as Bundles of Narratives
229
Bibliography
247
Contributors
275
Index
279
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Joseph E. Davis is Research Assistant Professor of Sociology and Program Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. He is the editor of Identity and Social Change.

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