The art of storytelling and the construction of narratives

Despite Benjamin’s lament in 1936 that the art of storytelling was coming to an end (1969, p 83), the documentary tradition of real life stories does not seem to have waned in popularity. Kenneth Plummer insists that stories have come to the fore in the various spheres of social science:

In anthropology, they are seen as the pathways to understanding culture. In psychology, they are the bases of identity. In history, they provide the tropes for making sense of the past. In psychoanalysis, they provide ‘narrative truths’ for analysis. In philosophy they are the bases for new forms of ‘world-making’ and the key to creating communities. Even economics has recognised its ‘storied character’.” (1995, p 18) Continue reading “The art of storytelling and the construction of narratives”

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