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The Sociolinguistics of Narrative

 
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The study of narrative is no longer a literary preserve, but has emerged as an object of enquiry in a whole range of disciplinary contexts, from sociolinguistics to social anthropology, social psychology and beyond. This is because narrative does not exist only between the covers of books; on the contrary, stories have a pervasive role in our everyday life. From the proliferation of data that sociolinguists and others have gathered from many different contexts, we have ample evidence of just how central narrative discourse is to the fabric of social interaction – whether this is in casual conversations, in legal and medical settings, in the media, in family interactions or at school. So there is no longer much need, at the turn of this new century, to argue the case for the increasing importance of narrative within the social sciences.

Table of contents

 

The Sociolinguistics of Narrative: Identity, performance, culture
Joanna Thornborrow and Jennifer Coates
1–16
Narrative as a resource in accounts of the experience of illness
Jenny Cheshire and Sue Ziebland
17–40
Storying East-German pasts: Memory discourses and narratives of readjustment on the German/Polish and former German/German border
Heidi Armbruster and Ulrike H. Meinhof
41–65
Narrative demands, cultural performance and evaluation: Teenage boys’ stories for their age-peers
Nikolas Coupland, Peter Garrett and Angie Williams
67–88
Masculinity, collaborative narration and the heterosexual couple
Jennifer Coates
89–106
Contextualizing and recontextualizing interlaced stories in conversation
Neal R. Norrick
107–127
Hearing Voices: Evasion and self-disclosure in a man’s narratives of alcohol addiction
Dick Leith
129–148
Modes of meaning making in young children’s conversational storytelling
Shoshana Blum-Kulka
149–170
Two systems of mutual engagement: The co-construction of gendered narrative styles by American preschoolers
Amy Sheldon and Heidi Engstrom
171–192
Narrative and the construction of professional identity in the workplace
Janet Holmes and Meredith Marra
193–213
Telling stories and giving evidence: The hybridisation of narrative and non-narrative modes of discourse in a sexual assault trial
Sandra J. Harris
215–237
Television news and narrative: How relevant are narrative models for explaining the coherence of television news?
Martin Montgomery
239–260
Performing theories of narrative: Theorising narrative performance
Terry Threadgold
261–278
References
279–293
Index
295–299




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