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  • ISBN: 9780300054552
  • ISBN10: 0300054556

Storied Lives the Cultural Politics of Self-Understanding

by George C. Rosenwald

  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 08/01/1992
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In this provocative book, psychologists, anthropologists, and sociologists analyze interviews with a range of subjects--a minister who uses the death of his son to reaffirm his identity as a man of God, women who have given up their children at birth for adoption and who blame society for their action, Holocaust survivors, a victim of marital rape, and many others. The editors' object is to present a new way of thinking about autobiographical narratives. They argue that these narratives play a significant role in the formation of identity, that the way they are told is shaped by prevalent cultural norms, and that the stories--and the lives to which they relate--may be liberated from the psychic and social obstacles constraining them if the narrators gain critical insight into their own accounts. Presenting examples of both positive and negative life stories, the authors demonstrate how "telling one's life" has the potential to clarify or question one's commitments and to affirm or modify one's future development.
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0300054556 Yale University Press hardcover with dust jacket, 1992, 1st