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Living Narrative: Creating Lives in Everyday Storytelling

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This pathbreaking book looks at everyday storytelling as a twofold phenomenon--a response to our desire for coherence, but also to our need to probe and acknowledge the enigmatic aspects of experience. Letting us listen in on dinner-table conversation, prayer, and gossip, Elinor Ochs and Lisa Capps develop a way of understanding the seemingly contradictory nature of everyd ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 30th 2002 by Harvard University Press (first published June 11th 2001)
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Tory S. Anderson
A truly excellent book. Blending psychology, sociology, discourse analysis, and philosophy, Dr. Ochs provides a broad, rich look at narrative as the tool mankind universally uses to shape and make sense of reality, proposing a multi-dimensional grade that is used not to define "what is narrative" but rather, to determine the narrative qualities at work in a given discourse. The text discusses narrative for sense-making, for planning, and as our minds develop from child to adult and the changes a ...more
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I really enjoyed the psychological aspect of this book. Ochs is a linguistic anthropologist and Capps was a psychologist, and the combination brought the personal and population levels of narrative analysis together.
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