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Narrative Identity Construction of Black Youth for Social Change

Mollie V. Blackburn

in The Story of Sexual Identity

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780195326789
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199870356 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326789.003.0006
 Narrative Identity Construction of Black Youth for Social Change

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This chapter begins by discussing how narratives, and counternarratives in particular, function in both emotive and ethico-political ways. It considers the narrative resources upon which a teller draws, such as coherence, multiplicity, and variability. It then examines scholarship on analyzing repeated telling before moving to one particular individual's repeated tellings of her narrative, which is analyzed in terms of functions, factors, and resources. The chapter argues that when narratives that function both emotively and ethico-politically are repeated in different contexts, for different audiences, and with different intents, the tellers have opportunities to draw on multiplicity and variability as they move from incoherence to coherence, and thus they have great potential to work for social change.

Keywords: Blacks; homosexuality; multiplicity; counternarratives; narratives; multiple identities

Chapter.  9735 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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