Stories of Change Applies narrative analysis to the study of social movements. Despite the amount of storytelling in social movements, little attention has been paid to narrative as a form of movement discourse or as a mode of social interaction. Stories of Change is a systematic study of narrative as well as a demonstration of the power of narrative analysis to illuminate many features of contemporary social movements. Contributors include Robert D. “This book treats a topic that reflects issues that are currently on the cutting edge of the field of social movements and moves it forward. “A contribution to the growing 'cultural turn' in the study of social movements, this book's major strength is its focus on a particular aspect of culture—narrative—and its uses in movements. Joseph E.
New U.S. or American History Narratives and Syntheses Issue No. 108 (June 2007) -- Mark Satin, Editor Re-inventing American history When narratives collide, compromise is not the answer Last month I mentioned that one reason Israelis and Palestinians don’t get along is that they’ve bought into competing and mutually exclusive “narratives” of their past (expertly articulated by Alan Dershowitz’s The Case for Israel, 2003, and Rashid Khalidi’s The Iron Cage, 2006, respectively). Alarmingly, we Americans are increasingly falling into the same trap. On the left, it’s hard to find people who don’t swear by Howard Zinn’s brilliant and fascinating A People’s History of the United States (rev. 2003, orig. 1980). The books are basically incompatible. For Schweikart, “Modern Indians are proud Americans who simultaneously embrace their Indian ethnicity and folk traditions, Christianity, western legal traditions, capitalism, and all facets of mainstream American civilization.” Compromise non-solutions Some of us would fight (and have fought!) 1. 2. 3. 1.
Op-Ed: A National Strategic Narrative and Grand Strategy for the 21st Century Op-Ed: A National Strategic Narrative and Grand Strategy for the 21st Century Former U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Gordon L. Sullivan, when commenting on his program for the Louisiana Maneuvers, which were designed to help define Force XXI and the Army’s role in modern warfare in the information age after Operation DESERT STORM, once remarked “that if you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there,” wryly noting that “hope is not a method.” Yogi Berra provided similar wisdom by counseling us, “When you get to a fork in the road, take it!” That kind of ambiguity was absent in the wake of the Allied victory in World War II when there was moral and physical clarity about the U.S. role as the leader of victory and the Western world. The United States is dependent on a networked global information grid and supply chain that is increasingly vulnerable to catastrophic attack. Endnotes 1. 2. 3. 4.
The Value of Grand Organizational Narratives | Mission Extension: The Weblog Okay, I admit it: I’m obsessed with the big picture. But that’s not surprising. I’ve tested consistently on the Meyers-Briggs personality test as an INTJ. All joking aside, though, I do believe that grand organizational narratives are not only an egregiously overlooked issue but also are a critical ingredient of success for many, if not most, organizations Why are grand narratives so important? But grand organizational narratives are important for another reason. Let me illustrate with a recent current event — the U.S. I believe the movement is successful largely because of its grand narrative. Call it what you will — patriotism or lunacy —the Tea Party narrative not only has inspired but, even more significant, also has motivated tens of millions of citizens, some of whom up to now have been entirely apolitical, to participate in the American political process, largely through turnouts at rallies and other public functions. Like this: Like Loading...
Are we building a new grand narrative, or are grand narratives things of the past? At our latest live session of Howard Rheingold’s course Introduction to Cooperation Theory we discussed about narratives in the US and Europe about competition and cooperation. A European participant suggested that the narrative in the US is about competition, while in Europe cooperation is a more common theme. The American Howard Rheingold expressed doubts about this opposition: the US and Europe are big places with huge internal differences, and where different narratives co-exist. We also discussed the Occupy Wall Street movement and how it spreads worldwide. I’d like to refer to what Elinor Ostrom describes as polycentric governance of complex economic systems. Narratives We also discussed the importance of narratives supporting cooperation. So the is whether the cooperation studies (in biology, sociology, anthropology, economics, pedagogy, learning theories etc) could lead to a new grand narrative. Education Some premises relevant to teaching 1. 2. 3. convenience. 4. 5. 6.
Representations of Global Capital Grand narratives are not autonomous. They do not float outside history. They grow out of real socio-political economic formations. Too often, postmodern criticism fails to locate grand narratives in the socio-historical conditions that generated them. Enlightenment narratives arose out of the economic transformation sweeping Europe from the doldrums of feudal economies to the rise of industrial capitalism, the democratic political revolutions, and the nascent implementation of a global transportation and industrial infrastructure. Critics began to identify the decline of modern grand narratives at a time when the West seemed to have exhausted its domination of the capitalist world economy. But in the 1990s there has been a resurgence of American dominance as both a military and economic superpower within a new stage of capitalist globalization. Socio-economic formations that fueled the rebirth of grand narratives include: The products of the technology sector are no longer luxuries.
Which Countries Set the Best Examples? Which countries set the best examples to the rest of the world? Which ones would we do best to copy, to emulate and to admire for their foresight, hard work and long-term conscience? Which countries would have humanity survive gleaming into a clean, happy, bright future? And who are tardy on humanitarian issues, science or development? Which nations and cultures cling to barbarian ethics on gender and sexual equality? I compile relevant statistics on a wide range of issues and put them into a database-driven system, which calculates points per country. 1. 1.1. The United Nations produces an annual Human Development Report which includes the Human Development Index. Norway has been the top of this list since ousting Canada in 2001. Liechtenstein tops the averages chart because it has had pretty good ratings, but, mostly because the countries that top the charts in recent decades (the Scandinavian countries) done less well in the 1980s, which brought down their average. Links: 1.2. 1.3.
The Pro-Capitalist Narrative A few weeks ago, I finished reading John Pilger's Freedom Next Time (2007). I had not read such a gripping book for a while! John Pilger is one of the few writers who does not shy away from shedding light on those narratives that tend to be brushed aside or even suppressed by numerous pro-capitalist groups and individuals in countless countries around the world. Although he does not identify himself as a Communist, his harsh critique of the neoliberal economic model is reminiscent of the material penned by several leftist authors. In order to write the aforementioned book, Pilger travelled to a number of places such as South Africa and Afghanistan. When the media in a country is owned by extremely rich and powerful pro-capitalist individuals, it should come as no surprise that whereas a great effort is made to praise excessive individualism and capitalism, socialist values or projects are rarely given any attention. The selective attention of the media is not a recent phenomenon.
Are heroic narratives about labor critical of capitalism? : TrueFilm The Myth of the American Meritocracy Poor people deserve their plight. They deserve their paltry salaries, their food stamps that can hardly afford a healthy diet , their untreated illnesses . At least, that's what many conservatives would have you believe. As fellow blogger Megan Greenwell writes , Americans have a "proud tradition of blaming the poor" for their poverty. And it's getting prouder; over the past year, critics of social programs have increasingly raised their voices against helping low-income Americans break the poverty cycle or improve their communities. Of course, the solution usually proposed by these critics of social welfare is simple: the poor just need to work harder. I am the first to agree that hard work is an essential component of financial success. On the other side of the spectrum, as of 2007, the top 1 percent of U.S. households held a larger slice of the pie than at any other point since 1928. Photo credit: Alex E.
The myths of the "self-made man" and meritocracy The recession has caused a significant economic adjustment, including a realignment of assets and the demand and supply of talent. Along with these adjustments has been renewed debate over issues such as the distribution of wealth, the disappearing middle class and the belief in meritocracy. Some recent experts have reaffirmed a perception that both the belief in the "self-made man" and the benefits of meritocracy are largely myths and don't serve society well. Movies, TV shows and popular media, and many politicians are reinforcing these myths by arguing and promoting the notion that anyone can be wealthy or make it to the top by virtue of their hard work and positive attitude and that's how successful people did it in the past. If this were true, we wouldn't see a virtual explosion of people buying lottery tickets, and governments using lotteries as a significant source of revenue. Some of the wealthiest entrepreneurs in North America say there is no such thing as the "self-made man."
More Conflict Seen Between Rich and Poor, Survey Finds About two-thirds of Americans now believe there are “strong conflicts” between rich and poor in the United States, a survey by the found, a sign that the message of brandished by the Occupy Wall Street movement and pressed by Democrats may be seeping into the national consciousness. The share was the largest since 1992, and represented about a 50 percent increase from the 2009 survey, when was seen as the greatest source of tension. In that survey, 47 percent of those polled said there were strong conflicts between classes. “Income inequality is no longer just for economists,” said Richard Morin, a senior editor at Pew Social & Demographic Trends, which conducted the latest survey. “It has moved off the business pages into the front page.” The survey, which polled 2,048 adults from Dec. 6 to 19, found that perception of class conflict surged the most among white people, middle-income earners and independent voters. The change in perception is the result of a confluence of factors, Mr.
The High Cost of Poverty: Why the Poor Pay More You have to be rich to be poor. That's what some people who have never lived below the poverty line don't understand. Put it another way: The poorer you are, the more things cost. So we'll explain it here. "The poor pay more for a gallon of milk; they pay more on a capital basis for inferior housing," says Rep. Poverty 101: We'll start with the basics. Like food: You don't have a car to get to a supermarket, much less to Costco or Trader Joe's, where the middle class goes to save money. A loaf of bread there costs you $2.99 for white. (At a Safeway on Bradley Boulevard in Bethesda, the wheat bread costs $1.19, and white bread is on sale for $1. Prices in urban corner stores are almost always higher, economists say. "The real estate is higher. According to the Census Bureau, more than 37 million people in the country live below the poverty line.