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The Narrative formation of identity revisited: narrative construction, agency and the unconscious

Redman, Peter (2005). The Narrative formation of identity revisited: narrative construction, agency and the unconscious. Narrative Inquiry, 15(1) pp. 25–44.

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Abstract

This article revisits one of the more contentious debates in current studies of narrative: the claim that identities are, in some sense, fabricated by and in narratives, and the counter-claim that individuals have inherent capacities, such as a dynamic unconscious, that precede or are in excess of any identity-building work that narrative might do. The article approaches this debate via competing theories drawn from sociology and cultural studies, contrasting post-structuralist and Foucauldian theories with a Kleinian cultural analysis of narrative. The theoretical discussion is illustrated via a story told by a young man who apparently had strong investments in heterosexual romance.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1387-6740
Keywords: narrative and identity; narrative composure; persons; suture; unconscious
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Sociology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 4463
Depositing User: Users 13 not found.
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 19:51
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/4463
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