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The Narrative Complexity of Ordinary Life: Tales from the Coffee Shop

William L. Randall


Every day of life, we are enmeshed in countless storylines: those we spin around the experiences we remember, the people we relate to, and the world we inhabit, plus what others spin around us. And this says nothing of the stories that we read in newspapers and novels, or watch on TV, or exchange with friends; plus the stories of family, community, and culture. Because stories are at work on several levels of our lives, narrative is not something we can think calmly and coolly “about,” for we are immersed in stories at every turn. We are continually involved in “narrative knowing” and “narrati ... More

Keywords: narrative, story, autoethnography, narrative psychology, narrative root metaphor, narrative gerontology, narrative thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199930432
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199930432.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William L. Randall, author
Professor of Gerontology, St. Thomas University