Chapter 5 explores the role of imagination in political narratives, tracing the connections between personal narrative and social change. Using the case study of Obama’s strategic use of stories, the chapter develops a theoretical model of political narratives, arguing for their central importance in analysing formal and informal politics. The chapter explores the changing life of national stories, examining how each generation re-invents for itself national narratives, re-positioning them within its own frames of reference and bestowing them with a revitalised sense purpose. The chapter examines the role of political narratives as a tool for re-imagining citizenship.
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