Politics of Storytelling Variations on a Theme by Hannah Arendt

ISBN-10: 8763540363
ISBN-13: 9788763540360
Edition: 2nd 2013
Authors: Michael Jackson
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Description: Hannah Arendt argued that the "political" is best understood as a power relation between private and public realms, and that storytelling is a vital bridge between these realms a site where individualised passions and shared views are contested and  More...

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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Museum Tusculanum Press
Publication date: 9/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Hannah Arendt argued that the "political" is best understood as a power relation between private and public realms, and that storytelling is a vital bridge between these realms a site where individualised passions and shared views are contested and recombined. Michael Jackson in this new edition of what by now has become a classic in the field of anthropology explores and expands Arendt's ideas through a cross-cultural analysis of storytelling that includes Kuranko stories from Sierra Leone, Aboriginal stories of the stolen generation, stories recounted before the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and stories of refugees, renegades, and war veterans. Focusing on the violent and volatile conditions under which stories are and are not told, and exploring the various ways in which narrative reworkings of reality enable people to symbolically alter subject-object relations, Jackson shows how storytelling may restore to the intersubjective fields of self and other, self and state, self and cosmos, the conditions of viable sociality. The book concludes in a reflexive vein, exploring the interface between public discourse and private experience.

Michael Jackson is the Distinguished Visiting Professor of World Religions at the Harvard Divinity School.

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