Narrative Mode of Thought in Disaster Damage Reduction: A Crossroad for Narrative and Gaming Approaches

  • Katsuya Yamori


The “narrative mode of thought,” proposed by J. S. Bruner (1986), has galvanized research in many fields, from developmental and clinical psychology to sociology, social welfare, management, and even medical science. The narrative mode stands in sharp contrast to “logico-scientific or paradigmatic modes of thought” and, though their objectives vary widely, sets of research studies in each of the above fields now display some common features based on the narrative approach. Their cumulative impact supports the claim that a fundamental epistemological and methodological shift, called “narrative turn,” has occurred almost simultaneously across multiple research domains.


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  • Katsuya Yamori
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  1. 1.Disaster Prevention Research InstituteKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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