- ix, 338 pages ; 23 cm
- Additional Authors
- Irvine, Leslie J.,Pierce, Jennifer L.,Zussman, Robert,
- "Narrative Sociology defines a field in the making. Narrative analysis has had a powerful presence within sociology for decades. Wherever everyday meaning making is at issue, narrative has been fundamental. It has been critical to the subfields of sociology that examine the social construction of categories, such as gender, race, sexuality, and disability, among others. It has figured heavily in subfields that deal with the collective creation of meaning, as in the study of social movements and, to a lesser degree, organizations more generally. As a causal approach, narrative has been critical to historical and comparative sociology. Although narrative research in sociology has long suggested the presence of theories, approaches, and works that are considered essential to the field, Narrative Sociology makes the narrative approach explicit. It delineates narrative sociology as a subfield by defining its central theoretical premises and identifying key theoretical debates and exemplary work. In doing so, this volume includes works that explore the kinds of questions that interest sociologists, such as the work narratives do in reproducing and maintaining inequality, in institutionalizing power, and in upending the status quo"--Includes bibliographical references.Part I: Varieties of Narrative: The Sociology of Storytelling / Francesca Polletta, Pang Ching Bobby Chen, Beth Gharrity Gardner, and Alice Motes ; The Value of Narrativity in the Representation of Reality / Hayden White ; The Collective Story: Postmodernism and the Writing of Sociology / Laurel Richardson ; The Use of Personal Narratives in Social Science and History / Mary Jo Maynes, Jennifer L. Pierce, and Barbara Laslett ; Explanatory Narrative Research / Donald Polkinghorne ; From Causes to Events: Notes on Narrative Positivism / Andrew Abbott ; The Trouble with Stories / Charles Tilly ; Life as Narrative / Jerome Bruner ; Reclaiming an Orphan Genre: The First-Person Narrative of Illness / Arthur W. Frank ; Narrative Freedom / Robert Zussman ; Situated Actions and Vocabularies of Motive / C. Wright Mills -- Part II: Narrative in Action: The Normalization of Deviance, 1981-1984 / Dianne Vaughan ; Harvard: The Quota Controversy and the Quest for Restriction / Jerome Karabel ; Prologue to On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City / Alice Goffman ; A Little Room for Myself / Teresa Gowan -- Part III: Narrative and Institutional Contexts: Scientia Sexualis / Michel Foucault ; Grand National Narratives and the Project of Truth Commissions: A Comparative Analysis / Molly Andrews ; Narrating Social Structure: Stories of Resistance to Legal Authority / Patricia Ewick and Susan Silbey ; "It Was Like a Fever.": Narrative and Identity in Social Protest / Francesca Polletta ; Lifechangers and Lifesavers / Leslie Irvine.