“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 and the Culture of Obedience at the Workplace

Narrative and the culture of obedience at the workplace

A FEW YEARS AGO, a new consultant joining the firm of Mitchell, Hall and Josephs (a pseudonym for a leading management consulting firm in New York City) would probably have heard a story about a senior partner, Steve, and a junior consultant, Dave, that went more or less like this:

Steve and Dave are en route to a hospital at the tip of Manhattan for an appointment with the chief executive officer, who has engaged the consulting firm to work through a merger application with another hospital. Unlike most New Yorkers who hail taxis when they need to get around, Steve is famous for driving his Mercedes everywhere. Steve ...

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