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Speaking of ViolenceThe Politics and Poetics of Narrative in Conflict Resolution$
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Sara Cobb

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199826209

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199826209.001.0001

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Conflict Narrative Structure and Relational Dynamics

Conflict Narrative Structure and Relational Dynamics

(p.44) 2 Conflict Narrative Structure and Relational Dynamics
Speaking of Violence

Sara Cobb

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the structural features of conflict narratives, including emplotment, causality, character roles, voice, and moral themes, drawing on a host of narrative theorists, including (White, 1987; Ricoeur, 1990a, 1990b, 1990c; Bakhtin, 1982; Epston & M. White, 1990; Mattingly, 1998; Nelson, 2001).The application of narrative theory, toward the emergence of a definition of “conflict narrative” moves past the use of “narrative” for current analysis of specific conflicts, such as Rotberg (2006) which treats narrative as a “carrier” for identity, perceptions, and relational history; rather, conflict narrative is a “living” meaning structure that constitutes, rather than reflects, history, subjectivity, institutions, and discourse itself. Both the structure and the dynamical processes of conflict narratives are explored, using the conflict over the forest concessions in the Mirador Basin of Guatemala as a context for exploring these processes.

Keywords:   plot, character, theme, narrative closure, narrative coherence, positioning, interpellation, differend, narrative syntax

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