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Author Plummer, Kenneth, author.

Title Narrative power : the struggle for human value / Ken Plummer
Published Cambridge, UK ; Medford, MA, USA : Polity Press, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 210 pages)
Contents Prologue: Going backstage -- Overture: In the Beginning. 1. Narratives of suffering : six stories in search of a better world -- Act I Setting Scenes : Narrative Power as a Way of Seeing. 2. Narrative actions of power ; 3. Narrative power as the struggle for human value -- Act 2 Locating Tensions : The Fragility of Narrative. 4. Narrative inequalities ; 5. Narrative digitalism ; 6. Narrative states ; 7. Narrative wisdom ; 8. Narrative contingencies -- Act 3 Moving On : Acts of Narrative Hope. 9. Caring for narrative futures : towards a politics of narrative humanity
Summary Narratives are the wealth of nations: they animate life, sustain culture and cultivate humanity. They regulate and empower us, bringing both joy and discontent. And they are always embedded in ubiquitous power: stories shape power and power shapes story. In this provocative and original study Ken Plummer takes us on a journey to explore some of the key dimensions of this narrative power. His main focus is on what he calls narratives of suffering and how these change through transformative narrative actions across an array of media forms. The modern world is in crisis and long-standing narratives are being challenged in four major directions: through deep inequalities, global state complexities, digital risks, and the ever-emerging contingencies of time. Asking how we can build sustainable stories for a better future, the book advocates the cultivation of a narrative hope, a narrative wisdom and a critical narrative citizenship. Narrative Power suggests novel directions for enquiry, discusses a raft of innovative ideas and concepts, and sets a striking new agenda for research and action
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Narrative inquiry (Research method)
Sociology -- Biographical methods.
Narrative inquiry (Research method)
REFERENCE / Questions & Answers
Sociology -- Biographical methods.
Genre/Form Power (Social sciences)
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018038956
ISBN 1509517049