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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
Michael Mena
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Will be an excellent guide for those interested in the discourse analysis of narratives that emerge in everyday life. The book is generally very interesting and written at an extremely accessible level.

The three stars is related to my preference in content and topic. The research in this book is impeccable and not reflected by "stars." (For research and methodology, definitely 5 stars.)
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Jan 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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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