ERIC Number: EJ785106
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
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Narrative and Chaos Acknowledging the Novelty of Lives-in-Time
Randall, William L.
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v38 n4 p367-389 Dec 2007
In this paper I propose that interest in "narrative" within the human sciences is comparable to interest in "chaos" within the natural sciences. In their respective ways, theories on narrative and theories on chaos are aimed at appreciating the dynamics of complex, multi-dimensional systems which otherwise resist our attempts to predict, measure, and control them. Drawing on my research and teaching in gerontology, I consider the storied uniqueness (or "novelty") and narrative complexity of lives-in-time on three main levels: the individual, the interpersonal, and the institutional-cultural.
Descriptors: Gerontology, Natural Sciences, Sciences, Theories, Physics, Personal Narratives, Literary Devices, Narration
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