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Narrative Politics: Stories and Collective Action

Frederick W. Mayer


This book seeks to answer two questions: one theoretical, the other empirical. How do individuals come together to act collectively in their common interest? Why is it that those who promote collective action so often turn to stories? Answering these questions requires recognizing the power of story to overcome the obstacles to collective action: to surmount the temptation to free ride, to coordinate group behaviour, and, indeed, in the first instance, to arrive at a common understanding of the collective interest. Humans are, whatever else we, a storytelling, story-consuming animal. We use st ... More

Keywords: narrative, collective action, stories, social movements, political science, identity politics, constructivism, new institutionalism, framing theory

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199324460
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199324460.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frederick W. Mayer, author
Duke University

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