Considering Counter-Narratives

Considering Counter-Narratives : Narrating, resisting, making sense

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Counter-narratives only make sense in relation to something else, that which they are countering. The very name identifies it as a positional category, in tension with another category. But what is dominant and what is resistant are not, of course, static questions, but rather are forever shifting placements. The discussion of counter-narratives is ultimately a consideration of multiple layers of positioning. The fluidity of these relational categories is what lies at the center of the chapters and commentaries collected in this book. The book comprises six target chapters by leading scholars in the field. Twenty-two commentators discuss these chapters from a number of diverse vantage points, followed by responses from the six original authors. A final chapter by the editor of the book series concludes the book.
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  • Hardback | 381 pages
  • 157.5 x 221 x 30.5mm | 725.76g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588115429
  • 9781588115423

Table of contents

1. Introduction to the book (by Bamberg, Michael); 2. Opening to the original contributions: Counter-narratives and the power to oppose (by Andrews, Molly); 3. Memories of mother: Counter-narratives of early maternal influence (by Andrews, Molly); 4. Commentaries; 5. Blame it on psychology!? (by Kolbl, Carlos); 6. Accidental cases: Extending the concept of positioning in narrative studies (by Riessman, Catherine Kohler); 7. Politicising mothers: Counter-narratives of mothering experience (by Coombes, Leigh); 8. Socially organised use of memories of mother in narrative re-construction of problematic pasts (by Murakami, Kyoko); 9. Response (by Andrews, Molly); 10. Negotiating "normality" when IVF fails (by Throsby, Karen); 11. Commentaries; 12. IVF failure: Reproductive normativity and dealing with disappointment (by Tuffin, Keith); 13. When IVF fails - the success of science and medicine (by Crossley, Michele L.); 14. On identifying counter-narratives of failed IVF (by Bell, Susan E.); 15. Response: to commentaries on "Negociating Normality: When IVF Fails" (by Throsby, Karen); 16. Photographic visions and narrative inquiry (by Harrison, Barbara); 17. Commentaries; 18. Photographs and counter-narratives (by Poddiakov, Alexander); 19. Hearing what is shown and seeing what is said (by Chalfen, Richard); 20. Show is tell (by Rich, Michael); 21. Response: to commentaries on "Photographic visions and narrative inquiry" (by Harrison, Barbara); 22. "That's very rude, I shouldn't be telling you that": Older women talking about sex (by Jones, Rebecca L.); 23. Commentaries; 24. Narratives as drawn-upon and narratives as occasioned: Challenges in reconciling an emic and etic analysis (by Korobov, Neill); 25. "But what's at stake?" Older women talking about sexuality (by McLean Taylor, Jill); 26. What discourse analysis reveals about elderly women, sex and the struggle with societal norms (by Spreckels, Janet); 27. Response: to commentaries on "'That's very rude, I shouldn't be telling you that': Older women talking about sex" (by Jones, Rebecca L.); 28. White trash pride and the exemplary black citizen: Counter-narratives of gender, "race" and the trailer park in contemporary daytime television talk shows (by Squire, Corinne); 29. Commentaries; 30. Social identity work in storytelling: Methodological remarks (by Hausendorf, Heiko); 31. Talking and acting: Making change and doing development (by Valsiner, Jaan); 32. The context of race in reading narratives on daytime talk shows (by Johnson, Fern L.); 33. Day-time talk shows as a forum for social critique (by Pavlenko, Aneta); 34. Meta-narratives of cultural experience: Race, class, gender (by Thornborrow, Joanna); 35. Response: to commentaries on "White trash pride and the exemplary black citizen" (by Squire, Corinne); 36. Charting the narrative unconscious: Cultural memory and the challenge of autobiography (by Freeman, Mark); 37. Commentaries; 38. Discussing nonconscious processes involved in autobiography (by Mancuso, James C.); 39. Constructing the narrative unconscious (by Raskin, Jonathan D.); 40. Possible lives (by Brockmeier, Jens); 41. Working the narrative unconscious: Positioning theory and moral order (by Morgan, Mandy); 42. Response: to commentaries on "Charting the narrative unconscious: Cultural memory and the challenge of autobiography" (by Freeman, Mark); 43. Considering counter narratives (by Bamberg, Michael); 44. Index
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