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The Power of Narrative in Environmental Networks$
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Raul Lejano, Mrill Ingram, and Helen Ingram

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019378

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019378.001.0001

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The Turn to Narrative Analysis

The Turn to Narrative Analysis

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The Power of Narrative in Environmental Networks

Raul Lejano

Mrill Ingram

Helen Ingram

The MIT Press

Highlighting the centrality of narratives, this chapter explains how methods used to analyse narrative can be used to explain how a network survives, as well as what it is. Narratives are the foundation that brings members of a group together, enabling it to function. As this chapter argues, narratives describe networks not just in terms of structure, but in terms of substance. Networks do not exist without narratives that tie disparate events, characters, objects, and motivations together, and are powerful devices for knitting together otherwise diverse groups of people even against great odds.

Keywords:   narrative, network, structure, narrative analysis

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