“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.

Narrative, Power, and Social Theory

Narrative, power, and social theory
Stewart R.Clegg

Despite the evident differences in topic and focus, the founding theorists of modernity such as Marx, Durkheim, Weber, and Simmel could all tell a good story: about religion and the rise of capitalism (Weber, 1976); about the division of labor and its consequences (Durkheim, 1964); about the rise and eventual self-destruction of capitalism (Marx, 1976); about the individuating consequences of a philosophy of money (Simmel, 1900). Not “ripping yarns,” perhaps, but a good read. Each was a grand master of narrative. Indeed, the main thrust of each of their theories was a narrative structure in which a central idea of capitalism, differentiation, Protestantism, individuation, played an ambivalent heroic role.

Later, good stories were to become the ...

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