Gare “ Nature regarded as mere product is for us an object; but as productivity, it is for us subject ” (2000, p. 336)
Gare “ a conception of the world in which humans, understood as conscious and self-conscious, free, creative and essentially social agents able to struggle to understand the world and themselves, could be seen to have evolved from nature” (2004, p. 2)
Narrative operates as an action of synthesis or a ‘grasping together’ of the heterogeneous within language.
With narrative, the semantic innovation lies in the inventing of another work of synthesis - a plot. By means of the plot, goals, causes, and chance are brought together within the temporal unity of a whole and complete action. (Ricoeur 1984 , p. ix)
When we talk about ‘rich user experiences’ and an ‘architecture of participation’, these ideas about narrative, social space, identity and constraint are helpful I think. They give us a basis for thinking about the kinds of new social spaces we are now creating and how these will be an extension of what we already do in libraries. Indeed, I also think that librarians are beautifully placed to understand these dynamics, where other professions are not.
“ With each new integrative level, societies have become more differentiated and hierarchically organized, generating mutually amplifying co-evolutionary systems within these societies. Co-evolution has generated further specialist structures mostly associated with the regulation of society and the means for this regulation” (Gare, 2002 p 9)