Narrating Moments of Political Change

  • Molly Andrews
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Political Psychology Series book series (PSPP)


‘Every age has its stories’1 Eric Selbin tells us, ‘as does each individual, stories that shape and form the world we know … Stories essentially reflect the cultural values of their time and place as well of those who tell them’ (Selbin, 2010: 24–25). Stories are the means by which individuals and communities make sense not only of their current existence, but of their pasts and futures, both real and imagined. It is through stories, shared and contested, that individuals and groups construct a sense of identity — who is ‘us’ and who is ‘them’. The stories change over time, and even those that remain constant (on the printed page, for instance) change in their meaning and significance, to tellers and audiences alike.


Political Change Living Room Oral History Group Consciousness Narrative Research 
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