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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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Power Dynamics of Conflict Narratives

Power Dynamics of Conflict Narratives

Toward a Critical Narrative Theory

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Speaking of Violence

Sara Cobb

Oxford University Press

This chapter lays out a theory of conflict narrative that is grounded on critical theory, providing an account of the connection between power and conflict narratives. Beginning with a critique of existing approaches to conflict resolution which fail to address the dynamics of power as discursive practice or provide a normative framework for “participation” or “engagement” or even “emancipation,” “critical narrative theory” is offered as a framework that addresses narrative domination, marginalization and colonization. This framework, in turn, has import for understanding the relation the role of counter narratives in the context of asymmetric conflicts.

Keywords:   critical theory, contradiction, inequality, marginalization, moral Agency

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