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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 Call of Stories

The Call of Stories

(p.79) Chapter 5 The Call of Stories
Narrative Politics

Frederick W. Mayer

Oxford University Press

As creatures constituted by narratives we hold in mind, we can be called by the stories told to us by others. Stories have the power to transport us into alternative worlds, and in so doing to move us emotionally and to alter our understandings. For this reason, storytelling is at the heart of persuasion, and central to the formulation of “interests.” Narrative is particularly necessary for creating empathy, and therefore for constructing altruistic, ideological, and patriotic interests.

Keywords:   interest formation, narrative, empathy, persuasion, altruism, ideology, patriotism

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