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Narrative Imagination and Everyday Life$
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Molly Andrews

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199812394

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812394.001.0001

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(p.82) Chapter 5 Politics
Narrative Imagination and Everyday Life

Molly Andrews

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   political narratives, Barack Obama, E pluribus unum, American national narrative, collective memory, social change, Abraham Lincoln

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