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Social Life of Stories

Social Life of Stories - 98 edition

Social Life of Stories - 98 edition

ISBN13: 9780774806497

ISBN10: 0774806494

Social Life of Stories by Cruikshank - ISBN 9780774806497
Edition: 98
Copyright: 1998
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Published: 1998
International: No
Social Life of Stories by Cruikshank - ISBN 9780774806497

ISBN13: 9780774806497

ISBN10: 0774806494

Edition: 98

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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