European Political Science

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 577–589 | Cite as

analysing social narratives

  • ronald r krebs
  • michael d jones
  • myron j aronoff
  • shaul r shenhavEmail author
Review Symposium


Studying social narratives is not part of mainstream political science, but, as Shaul Shenhav argues in Analyzing Social Narratives, it ought to be. Narratives are everywhere and are an important factor in human and social life; human beings are essentially homo narrans, and so social science must take narratives seriously. Narratology is just one of many interpretivist methods that are gaining increasing ground within the social sciences. Shenhav provides an introduction to the study of social narratives, while also contributing to the theoretical development of the field himself through notions such as multiplicity (referring to the proliferation of narratives through repetition and variation) and story-listening (referring to the way in which the researcher interacts with stories). In this review symposium, Ronald R. Krebs, Michael D. Jones, Myron J. Aronoff and Shaul Shenhav discuss Shenhav’s book and, beyond that, the advantages of taking social narratives seriously.


interpretivism multiplicity narratology social narratives story-listener 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • ronald r krebs
    • 1
  • michael d jones
    • 2
  • myron j aronoff
    • 3
  • shaul r shenhav
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Political Science, University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Oregon State University, School of Public PolicyCorvallisUSA
  3. 3.Department of Political Science, Rutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA
  4. 4.Department of Political Science, Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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