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Narratives and Social Change

Social Reality in Contemporary Society

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  • Considers narration as influencing individual and collective decisions and imagination of the future

  • Includes interdisciplinary perspectives from sociology with other social and behavioural sciences

  • Explores the relationship between culture, society and individuals through examining social reality

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Narratives, Sociology, and Research Perspectives

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Narratives and Sociology

      • Emiliana Mangone
      Pages 3-18
    3. Background and Theoretical Framework

      • Emiliana Mangone
      Pages 19-55
  3. Narratives and Social Change

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 85-85
    2. Narratives Between Knowledge and Communication

      • Emiliana Mangone
      Pages 87-107
    3. Future, Narratives, and Social Change

      • Emiliana Mangone
      Pages 109-119
    4. Risk, Social Change and Communication

      • Emiliana Mangone
      Pages 121-138
  4. Social Reality, Narratives, and Future Research Perspectives

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 139-139
    2. Social Reality Between Global and Local

      • Emiliana Mangone
      Pages 141-152

About this book

This book is an important contribution to narrative research and highlights how narratives can produce social change. The author demonstrates this through an analysis of concepts like future, uncertainty and risk, both in terms of individual impact and as collective forms of social life. The book reconstructs the relationships between future, uncertainty and risk through everyday how narratives exert power over individual and social life by influencing individual or collective decisions and choices. Narratives also change future prospects, thus producing social change. Some of the examples the author draws out for discussion are - in specific - the narration of the migration flows in the Mediterranean Sea, and the narration of the pandemic emergency from COVID-19. The result of different narratives has been the emergence of new ideologies and of a complex series of dynamics in which the local ends up becoming global and vice versa. 

Highly topical and interdisciplinary in its approach, this book is of interest to researchers and students of the sociology of culture and communication, media and communication studies, social and cultural psychology and cultural anthropology. 


Keywords

  • social reality
  • social change
  • social movements
  • systems' communication
  • social action
  • narrative research method
  • narrating everyday life
  • Merton's mottos
  • emancipatory potential of narrative
  • symbolic nature of the story
  • COVID-19
  • Me too
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Fridays for Future

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Political and Communication Sciences, University of Salerno, Fisciano, Italy

    Emiliana Mangone

About the author

Emiliana Mangone is Associate Professor of Sociology of Culture and Communication at the Department of Political and Communication Sciences, University of Salerno, Italy. She is a Director of the Narratives and Social Changes-International Research Group (2020-2026) and she was a Director of the International Centre for Studies and Research on “Mediterranean Knowledge” (2015-2020). Her main investigative interests are in the field of cultural and institutional systems, with particular attention to the social representations, relational processes, and knowledge as key elements to the human. She recently published: Beyond the Dichotomy Between Altruism and Egoism. Society, Relationship, and Responsibility (Information Age Publishing, 2020); Social and Cultural Dynamics. Revisiting the Work of Pitirim A. Sorokin (Springer, 2018); Gender and Sexuality in the Migration Trajectories. Studies Between the Northern and Southern Mediterranean Shores (Information Age Publishing, 2018, with G. Masullo & M. Gallego, eds).

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USD 109.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-030-94565-7
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  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book
USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)