ERIC Number: ED397667
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Ways Personal Narratives Ratify Group Membership.
Norrick, Neal R.
The ways in which personal narratives, particularly of familiar stories, are used to ratify group membership are examined. Focus is primarily on co-narrated stories, in which more than one group member participates in the re-telling of a familiar story. A typical instance in which family members collaboratively construct a story is offered as an example. The narrative shows explicit markers that it is already known, with participants checking their own recollections and confirming each other's statements. Participants also make bids to co-tell the story, and disagreement about the story's point and details is expressed. Even group members not knowing the story indicate group membership by demonstrating shared values. In this case, often the "new" group member narrates a second, parallel story. A narrative illustrating this point is presented. Contains 13 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
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