“Readers will find Dennis K. Mumby's collection most useful for the connections it establishes between narrative analysis, in social setting and postmodern light…. What is important about this book is the range of projects presented using narrative to examine issues of power and control.” --Discourse and Society What is the relationship between narrative, society, and the forms of control that function in society? This critical analysis examines the role of narrative in the creation of various social realities in a variety of communication contexts. The central theme of Narrative and Social Control is that narrative is a pervasive form of human communication that is integral to the production and shaping of social order. Each chapter provides both a theoretical framework and an examination of narratives in a range of communication contexts--interpersonal, small group, organizational, and mass mediated--illustrating the far-reaching impact of narrative on our lives and social organizations. This critical perspective is essential reading for scholars, students, and professionals in communication studies, organization studies, family studies, cultural studies, sociology, political science, peace studies, anthropology, philosophy, and gender studies.

Oppositional Voices in China Beach: Narrative Configurations of Gender and War

Oppositional Voices in China Beach: Narrative Configurations of Gender and War

Oppositional voices in China Beach: Narrative configurations of gender and war
A. SusanOwen

Narratives about the Vietnam war long have been a site of ideological straggle in American culture (Ehrenhaus, Chapter 3 of this book; Haines, 1986). In this war more than any other previous to it, American ideographs of “duty, honor, country” failed to maintain hegemony over the experiences of citizen soldiers and civilians alike. As Edelman (1990) put it,” ‘Vietnam’ is not simply an historical experience that yielded a legacy. Vietnam is a condensation symbol epitomizing sets of conflicting values that polarize late 20th-century America” (p. 6).

The full extent of this ideological crisis can be understood, in part, through an examination of the struggle ...

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