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Narrative PoliticsStories and Collective Action$
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Frederick W. Mayer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199324460

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199324460.001.0001

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The Storytelling Animal

The Storytelling Animal

(p.53) Chapter 4 The Storytelling Animal
Narrative Politics

Frederick W. Mayer

Oxford University Press

Humans are, whatever else we are, storytelling, story-consuming, story-enacting animals. Stories are central to our cognition and emotions. Stories imbue our experience with meaning. Our self-stories define our sense of identity. And, to a very great extent, our behaviors are enactments, scripted by the dramatic imperative of the storied lives we lead.

Keywords:   behavior, storytelling, memory, cognition, emotion, identity

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