The Politics of Storytelling: Violence, Transgression, and Intersubjectivity

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Museum Tusculanum Press, 2002 - 320 pagina's
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. In his new book, Michael Jackson 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.
 

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Acknowledgements
9
Preface
30
Reflections on Privacy and Publicity
65
Refugee StoriesRefugee Lives
87
Displacement Suffering and the Critique
107
Preamble
129
Retaliation and Reconciliation
137
From the Tragic to the Comic
169
Prevented Successions
191
Preamble
229
Storytelling and Critique
251
The Singular and the Shared
267
Coda
287
References
297
Index
317
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Over de auteur (2002)

Michael Jackson is Distinguished Visiting Professor in World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. He is the author of numerous books on anthropology, including the prize-winning Paths Toward a Clearing, At Home in the World and Minima Ethnographica. He is also the author of five books of poetry and two novels.

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