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Someone tells you a story. It seems wrong. It misrepresents someone you care about. But it has been told by someone you do not want to offend or contradict. What do you do? You feel you must say something—set the record straight, absolve your friend, clarify your relationship to her, assert your view on what is right and wrong. How do stories provoke this sense of urgency? When a story is told and interpreted, nothing less than truth, power, morality, and individual agency can be at stake, and these stakes are too high to ignore. The stories analyzed in this book illustrate that narratives bring into play those elements that bring meaning to life . . .


L. Rex and M. Juzwik (Eds.), Narrative discourse analysis for teacher educators: Managing cultural difference in classrooms, 37-54. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2011.



Date Posted: 06 February 2012