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Narrative Sociology

Editor(s): Leslie J. Irvine, Jennifer L. Pierce, Robert Zussman

Narrative Sociology defines classics, identifies exemplars of narrative analysis, and delineates a field in the making.



Table of Contents


Part I: Varieties of Narrative

The Sociology of Storytelling | Francesca Polletta, Pang Ching Bobby Chen, Beth Gharrity Gardner, and Alice Motes

The Value of Narrativity in the Representation of Reality | Hayden White

The Collective Story: Postmodernism and the Writing of Sociology | Laurel Richardson

The Use of Personal Narratives in Social Science and History | Mary Jo Maynes, Jennifer L. Pierce, and Barbara Laslett

Explanatory Narrative Research | Donald Polkinghorne

From Causes to Events: Notes on Narrative Positivism | Andrew Abbott

The Trouble with Stories | Charles Tilly

Life as Narrative | Jerome Bruner

Reclaiming an Orphan Genre: The First-Person Narrative of Illness | Arthur W. Frank

Narrative Freedom | Robert Zussman

Situated Actions and Vocabularies of Motive | C. Wright Mills


Part II: Narrative in Action

The Normalization of Deviance, 1981–1984 | Dianne Vaughan

Harvard: The Quota Controversy and the Quest for Restriction | Jerome Karabel

Prologue to On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City | Alice Goffman

A Little Room for Myself | Teresa Gowan


Part III: Narrative and Institutional Contexts

Scientia Sexualis | Michel Foucault

Grand National Narratives and the Project of Truth Commissions: A Comparative Analysis | Molly Andrews

Narrating Social Structure: Stories of Resistance to Legal Authority | Patricia Ewick and Susan Silbey

"It Was Like a Fever . . .": Narrative and Identity in Social Protest | Francesca Polletta

Lifechangers and Lifesavers | Leslie Irvine


Biography of Editor(s)

Leslie J. Irvine is Professor of Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder.
Jennifer L. Pierce is Professor of American Studies, University of Minnesota.
Robert L. Zussman is Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.