“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.
Stories and Racism
Stories and Racism
Introduction: Racism and Discourse
In this chapter I examine the role of storytelling in the reproduction of racism. This analysis of everyday stories about ethnic or racial minorities is part of a long-term research project about the discursive reproduction of racism in white, European(ized) societies. My earlier work in this field focused on everyday conversations (van Dijk, 1984, 1987a), textbooks (van Dijk, 1987b), and news in the press (van Dijk, 1991). My present research pays special attention to the role of various (other) types of elite discourse, for example, in politics, corporations, and scholarship (van Dijk, 1993).
The research project is essentially multidisciplinary. It relates properties of text and talk with underlying social cognitions of language users as social group ...