Introduction

Sanne Frandsen, Timothy Kuhn, Marianne Wolff Lundholt

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Abstract

Narrative is a mode of communication that is essential both to social life and to defining humanness (Fisher 1987). “Narratives connect past, present, and anticipated future, rendering a life-in-time sensible in terms of beginnings, middle, and endings” (McAdams 1996, 298). Through such connections, narratives provide a sense of causality and order in what might otherwise appear to be a random series of events in our daily lives. Their prevalence and utility led MacIntyre (1984) to conclude that “Man [ sic ] is in his actions and practices, as well as in his fictions, essentially a storytelling animal” (216). Narratives, in other words, are powerful sense-making and order-producing devices; for many social theorists, they are at the center of the development of the self (Giddens 1991; Ricoeur, 1991).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCounter-narratives and Organization
EditorsSanne Frandsen, Timothy Kuhn, Marianne Wolff Lundholt
PublisherRoutledge
Publication date2017
Pages1-13
ISBN (Print)9781138929456
ISBN (Electronic)9781315681214
Publication statusPublished - 2017
SeriesRoutledge Studies in Management, Organizations and Society

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