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Social Life of Stories

Social Life of Stories - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0774806497

Cover of Social Life of Stories 98 (ISBN 978-0774806497)
ISBN13: 978-0774806497
ISBN10: 0774806494
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Published: 1998
International: No

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Social Life of Stories - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0774806497

Cruikshank

ISBN13: 978-0774806497
ISBN10: 0774806494
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press

Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

In this theoretically sophisticated study of indigenous oral narratives, Julie Cruikshank explores the social significance of storytelling. Circumpolar Native peoples today experience strikingly different and often competing systems of narrative and knowledge. These systems include traditional oral stories; the authoritative, literate voice of the modern state; and the narrative forms used by academic disciplines to represent them to outsiders. Pressured by other systems of narrative and truth, how do Native peoples use their stories and find them still meaningful in the late twentieth century? Why does storytelling continue to thrive?

Cruikshank addresses these questions by deftly blending the stories gathered from her own fieldwork with interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives on dialogue and storytelling. Her analysis reveals the many ways in which the artistry and structure of storytelling mediate between social action and local knowledge in indigenous northern communities. Copyright Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

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