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Stories of Change
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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. Davis includes a wide array of stories of change—stories of having been harmed or wronged, stories of conflict with unjust authorities, stories of liberation and empowerment, and stories of strategic success and failure. By showing how these stories are a powerful vehicle for producing, regulating, and diffusing shared meaning, the contributors explore movement stories, their functions, and the conditions under which they are created and performed. They show how narrative study can illuminate social movement emergence, recruitment, internal dynamics, and identity building.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. STORIES OF CHANGE
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. PART ONE: Narrative and the Sociology of Social Movements
  2. p. 1
  1. 1. Narrative and Social Movements The Power of Stories
  2. pp. 3-29
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  1. 2. Plotting Protest: Mobilizing Stories in the 1960 Student Sit-Ins
  2. pp. 31-51
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  1. 3. Controlling Narratives and Narratives as Control within Social Movements
  2. pp. 53-75
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  1. PART TWO: Analysis of Narrative in Social Movements
  2. p. 77
  1. 4. “Getting Our Histories Straight”: Culture, Narrative, and Identity in the Self-Help Movement
  2. pp. 79-99
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  1. 5. Moving Toward the Light: Self, Other, and the Politics of Experience in New Age Narratives
  2. pp. 101-122
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  1. 6. Fundamentalism: When History Goes Awry
  2. pp. 123-148
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  1. 7. Drug Court Stories: Transforming American Jurisprudence
  2. pp. 149-177
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  1. 8. Compassion on Trial: Movement Narrative in a Court Conflict over Physician-Assisted Suicide
  2. pp. 179-202
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  1. 9. Movement Advocates as Battered Women’s Storytellers From Varied Experiences, One Message
  2. pp. 203-225
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  1. PART THREE: Conclusion
  2. p. 227
  1. 10. The Storied Group: Social Movements as “Bundles of Narratives”
  2. pp. 229-245
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 247-273
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 275-277
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 279-286
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