The Politics Of Storytelling: Variations On A Theme By Hannah Arendt by Michael JacksonThe Politics Of Storytelling: Variations On A Theme By Hannah Arendt by Michael Jackson

The Politics Of Storytelling: Variations On A Theme By Hannah Arendt

byMichael Jackson

Paperback | February 15, 2014

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Hannah Arendt famously argued that politics are best understood as a power relationship between private and public realms. And storytelling, she argued, creates a vital bridge between these realms, a place where individual passions and shared perspectives can be contested and interwoven. In The Politics of Storytelling-revised in this 2nd edition with a new preface and design-anthropologist Michael Jackson explores and expands on Arendt's notions, bringing stories from all around the world into impressive cross-cultural analysis.  
Jackson retells stories from the Kuranko in Sierra Leone, the Australian Aboriginals, and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission-by refugees, renegades, and war veterans. Focusing on the violent and volatile conditions under which stories are told-or silenced-he explores the power of narrative to remake reality, enabling people to symbolically alter their relations and help reclaim an existential viability. Above all, he shows how Arendt's writings on narrative deepen our understanding of the critical, therapeutic, and politic role of storytelling, that it is one of the crucial ways by which we understand one another.  
Michael Jackson is the Distinguished Visiting Professor of World Religions at the Harvard Divinity School. He is the author of many books, most recently Being of Two Minds, Road Markings: An Anthropologist in the Antipodes, The Other Shore: Essays on Writers and Writings, and Lifeworlds: Essays in Existential Anthropology, the last pub...
Title:The Politics Of Storytelling: Variations On A Theme By Hannah ArendtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:February 15, 2014Publisher:Museum Tusculanum PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:8763540363

ISBN - 13:9788763540360

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Table of Contents

Preface to Second Edition

Part I - Displacements
The Stories that Shadow Us
"You Never Saw Your Own Faces": Reflections on Privacy and Publicity in the Lives of Refugees
In Extremis: Refugee Stories/Refugee Lives
Displacement, Suffering, and the Critique of Cultural Fundamentalism
Part II -  Returns
Retaliation and Reconciliation
From the Tragic to the Comic
Prevented Successions
Part III -  Histories
The Social Life of Stories
Storytelling and Critique
The Singular and the Shared


Editorial Reviews

“A book that delivers to the reader, in graceful and at times evocative prose, profound insights into the human condition with all its vexing contradictions. Jackson has written a powerful testimony to the human spirit.”