“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.

American Journalists and the Death of Lee Harvey Oswald: Narratives of Self-Legitimation

American Journalists and the Death of Lee Harvey Oswald: Narratives of Self-Legitimation

American journalists and the death of Lee Harvey Oswald: Narratives of self-legitimation

Like all speakers in public discourse, journalists are skilled tellers of events who reconstruct and often displace the activities behind the news. For journalists, the reconstructive work of telling has particular bearing on the legitimacy of their authority as public speakers and their ability to exert social control through narrative. Unlike members of other professional groups, journalists lack recognizable external markers of their authority. Their legitimacy for providing authoritative perspectives on events is instead rhetorically based, with journalists primarily legitimating themselves through the rhetoric they use to tell news-stories.

The following pages discuss one case where journalists have effectively legitimated their positions as ...

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