Narrative Imagination and Everyday Life

Hardcover | January 21, 2014

byMolly Andrews

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It has been widely acknowledged that in the past few decades, there has been a "narrative turn" - an interest in the storied nature of human life. However, very little work has discussed the role of imagination. Narrative Imagination and Everyday Life looks at how stories and imagination cometogether in our daily lives, influencing not only our thoughts about what we see and do, but also our contemplation of what is possible and what our limitations are. Without imagination, we are forever doomed to the here and now. But our imaginations are always influenced by our own particularexperiences, which we recount to ourselves and others through stories - both told and untold. Combining scholarly research with personal experience, Andrews examines how story and imagination come together in different areas of life such as education, politics, and aging. She focuses on the importance of the narrative imagination when listening to the experiences of others who have verydifferent experiences of the world, asking if it is ever possible to understand the suffering of others. She asks what kind of stories influence our thinking about who we are becoming in our aging selves. In the chapter on teaching, she looks at the dynamics of the teacher-student relationship andthe stultifying effect of some educational practices and policies on the imagination. The discussion on education and global citizenship leads directly into the chapter on political narratives, where Andrews uses the example of Barack Obama as one of the most strategic storytellers of our time.Narrative and imagination are integrally tied to one another; this is immediately clear to anyone who stops to think about stories real and imagined, about the past or in a promised, or feared, future. In asking why and how this is so, Andrews directs us to ruminate on what it means to behuman.

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It has been widely acknowledged that in the past few decades, there has been a "narrative turn" - an interest in the storied nature of human life. However, very little work has discussed the role of imagination. Narrative Imagination and Everyday Life looks at how stories and imagination cometogether in our daily lives, influencing not...

Molly Andrews is Professor of Political Psychology and Co-director of the Centre for Narrative Research at the University of East London. Her research interests include the psychological basis of political commitment, psychological challenges posed by societies in transition to democracy, patriotism, conversations between generations, ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:January 21, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019981239X

ISBN - 13:9780199812394

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements1. Introduction: Trafficking In Human Possibilities2. Knowledge, Belief, And Disbelief3. Ageing4. Education5. PoliticsConclusionBibliography