“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.

Cultural Narratives and the Therapeutic Motif: The Political Containment of Vietnam Veterans

Cultural Narratives and the Therapeutic Motif: The Political Containment of Vietnam Veterans

Cultural narratives and the therapeutic motif: The political containment of vietnam veterans

Not since the Civil War had the fabric of American society been so tested. Passionate support was equaled by opposition. And while foreign policy and national morality were debated and protested, the death toll mounted inexorably. Vietnam was the nation's most divisive war in a century; with the fall of South Vietnam in 1975, America turned its attention inward, repressing memory of that lost war. And as the personification of that war, America's Vietnam veterans were shunned and forgotten, relegated to the corners of society. But one veteran, unexceptional by all appearances, became consumed with the idea that those who sacrificed must ...

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