Narrative Tools and the Construction of Identity

James V. Wertsch

in Constructing Identity in and around Organizations

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199640997
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738388 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives on Process Organization Studies

Narrative Tools and the Construction of Identity

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Building on the observation that humans are fundamentally “story-telling animals,” this chapter explores the ways in which narrative tools provide the mediational means for “mnemonic communities” to be imagined and reproduced. Focusing on national narrative tools in general, the chapter takes a specific clash between the Estonian and Russian mnemonic communities as a particular example. In outlining this case, the notion of a “narrative template” is introduced in order to help understand the underlying cognitive and emotional forces involved in national clashes over “what really happened” in the past.

Keywords: narrative; identity; narrative template; mnemonic communities

Chapter.  8026 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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