Introduction: What counter-narratives are: Dimensions and levels of a theory of middle range

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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book presents the notion of “counter-narrative”. It advocates a contemporary approach to theorizing counter-narratives that is sensitive towards its relational embeddedness in power structures, and discusses ethical dimensions. The book then investigates the potential of applying a discourse-based and poststructuralist Foucauldian tool-box to the understanding and study of counter-narratives. It also introduces the sociology of knowledge approach to discourse as a frame to analyze competing narratives such as counter-narratives in and across highly diverse social arenas, ranging from public spheres to regional, local and organizational contexts and events. The book discusses how three different strategies of counter-narratives analyses can complement traditional categorizing and coding strategies, or what they term “common sense coding” of empirical data. It then focuses on a methodological framework binding together storytelling organization theory and discourse-based small story analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge handbook of counter-narratives
EditorsKlarissa Lueg, Marianne Wolff Lundholt
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication date2021
ISBN (Print)978-0-367-56437-7, 978-0-367-23403-4
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-429-27971-3
Publication statusPublished - 2021
SeriesRoutledge International Handbooks


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