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“I am stressing the expression ‘narrative
identity’ for what we call subjectivity is
neither an incoherent series of events nor
an immutable substantiality, impervious to
evolution....
It is therefore by means of the imaginative
variations of our own ego that we attempt to
obtain a narrative understanding of
ourselves, the only kind that escapes the
apparent choice between sheer change and
absolute identity. Between the two lies
narrative identity.”
Paul Ricoeur, ‘Life in Quest of Narrative’
“The subject then appears both as a reader
and the writer of its own life... As the literary
analysis of autobiography confirms, the story
of a life continues to be refigured by all the
truthful or fictive stories a subject tells about
himself or herself. This refiguration makes
this life itself a cloth woven of stories told.”
Paul Ricoeur, Time and Narrative
Clinical Practice and the value of narrative
Brendan Stone
b.stone@sheffield.ac.uk
http://www.storyingsheffield.com/downloads/
Using stories
Mr. X’s Narrative
So you’ve got a story to tell then?!
Well I noticed that err… how, how it all started… I used to smoke
err.. I used to be err a smoker.. smoked 25, 30… 30 were probably
the top… I may be pushing it.. cigarettes a day
Hmm Hmm
I worked in mines and err.. various factories like with err MDF
dust…
Oh I see!
.. so that got a bit... [gestures to chest with hands]… and err so
then I packed in smoking about 6 year ago, and then you try to
think.. you know… after a while you try to think.. you think –
well, after a while you think I want to eat healthily you know… so…
we’ve always ate fruit you know ‘cause my father always was a big
believer in fruit and veg’..
Yeah!
.. used to grow his… used to have his own allotment and stuff like
that so.. and I did… when I was first.. early on like.. and err so well
think well now I’ve stopped smoking I feel much better so start
eating more healthily.. so you get into that thing and then.. you
might start… all of a sudden you get.. like a.. like a bit of an
infection
www.storyingsheffield.com
@storyingshef
• Course
• Research
• Public engagement
• Method
To know "who" a person is it will be
necessary to have some appreciation
of the story in which the person
understands him- or herself to be a
protagonist.
Juan Galis-Menendez, ‘Paul Ricoeur on Narrative and
Personal Identity’
“...we dream in narrative, day-dream
in
narrative, remember, anticipate, hope,
despair, believe, doubt, plan, revise, cr
iticize, construct, gossip, learn, hate
and love by narrative…"
Barbara Hardy, ‘Towards a Poetics of Fiction...’
“The autobiographical act recapitulates the fundamental rhythms of
identity formation […] I am arguing that narrative is the sine qua non
of identity formation.”
Paul John Eakin
“it is through narrativity that we come to know, understand, and make
sense of the social world, and it is through narratives and narrativity
that we constitute our social identities”.
Margaret R. Somers
“A basic condition of making sense of ourselves is that we grasp
our lives in a narrative.”
Charles Taylor
“A person creates his identity by forming an autobiographical narrative – a
story of his life’, and must be in possession of a full and ‘explicit narrative to
develop fully as a person.”
Marya Schechtman.
Stories of
Lack
Deficit
Dysfunction
One-dimension
Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted
“…one moment made to stand
still and to stand for all the
other moments, whatever they
would be or might have been.
What life can recover from
that?…”
• The storied life
• A storied culture (power)
• The colonising power of stories
• The possibility and difficulty of reconfiguration (resources?)
• Therapy and other stories of ‘dysfunction’
• The social /intersubjective nature of stories & identity
• Individualisation and absence of context in medical model
• The potentially alienating effects of “narrative”
• An interest in the fragmentary, the “enigmatic”
• The “everyday” as a resource
• From liabilities to assets
• From extraordinary to ordinary
• Interrogating ‘expertise’ – who is the expert?
• Everyday life
• Knowledge
• Small things
• Detail
• Connections
• Collaboration
• Ways of telling
• Telling
value
depth
relation
intervention
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Leeds workshop June 2013

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  • 3. “I am stressing the expression ‘narrative identity’ for what we call subjectivity is neither an incoherent series of events nor an immutable substantiality, impervious to evolution.... It is therefore by means of the imaginative variations of our own ego that we attempt to obtain a narrative understanding of ourselves, the only kind that escapes the apparent choice between sheer change and absolute identity. Between the two lies narrative identity.” Paul Ricoeur, ‘Life in Quest of Narrative’
  • 4. “The subject then appears both as a reader and the writer of its own life... As the literary analysis of autobiography confirms, the story of a life continues to be refigured by all the truthful or fictive stories a subject tells about himself or herself. This refiguration makes this life itself a cloth woven of stories told.” Paul Ricoeur, Time and Narrative
  • 5. Clinical Practice and the value of narrative Brendan Stone b.stone@sheffield.ac.uk http://www.storyingsheffield.com/downloads/ Using stories
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  • 18. Mr. X’s Narrative So you’ve got a story to tell then?! Well I noticed that err… how, how it all started… I used to smoke err.. I used to be err a smoker.. smoked 25, 30… 30 were probably the top… I may be pushing it.. cigarettes a day Hmm Hmm I worked in mines and err.. various factories like with err MDF dust… Oh I see! .. so that got a bit... [gestures to chest with hands]… and err so then I packed in smoking about 6 year ago, and then you try to think.. you know… after a while you try to think.. you think – well, after a while you think I want to eat healthily you know… so… we’ve always ate fruit you know ‘cause my father always was a big believer in fruit and veg’.. Yeah! .. used to grow his… used to have his own allotment and stuff like that so.. and I did… when I was first.. early on like.. and err so well think well now I’ve stopped smoking I feel much better so start eating more healthily.. so you get into that thing and then.. you might start… all of a sudden you get.. like a.. like a bit of an infection
  • 20. To know "who" a person is it will be necessary to have some appreciation of the story in which the person understands him- or herself to be a protagonist. Juan Galis-Menendez, ‘Paul Ricoeur on Narrative and Personal Identity’
  • 21. “...we dream in narrative, day-dream in narrative, remember, anticipate, hope, despair, believe, doubt, plan, revise, cr iticize, construct, gossip, learn, hate and love by narrative…" Barbara Hardy, ‘Towards a Poetics of Fiction...’
  • 22. “The autobiographical act recapitulates the fundamental rhythms of identity formation […] I am arguing that narrative is the sine qua non of identity formation.” Paul John Eakin “it is through narrativity that we come to know, understand, and make sense of the social world, and it is through narratives and narrativity that we constitute our social identities”. Margaret R. Somers “A basic condition of making sense of ourselves is that we grasp our lives in a narrative.” Charles Taylor “A person creates his identity by forming an autobiographical narrative – a story of his life’, and must be in possession of a full and ‘explicit narrative to develop fully as a person.” Marya Schechtman.
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  • 26. Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted “…one moment made to stand still and to stand for all the other moments, whatever they would be or might have been. What life can recover from that?…”
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  • 28. • The storied life • A storied culture (power) • The colonising power of stories • The possibility and difficulty of reconfiguration (resources?) • Therapy and other stories of ‘dysfunction’ • The social /intersubjective nature of stories & identity • Individualisation and absence of context in medical model • The potentially alienating effects of “narrative” • An interest in the fragmentary, the “enigmatic” • The “everyday” as a resource • From liabilities to assets • From extraordinary to ordinary • Interrogating ‘expertise’ – who is the expert?
  • 29. • Everyday life • Knowledge • Small things • Detail • Connections • Collaboration • Ways of telling • Telling value depth relation intervention