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LINGUIST List 19.3498

Mon Nov 17 2008

Books: Discourse Analysis/Sociolinguistics: Linde

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        1.    Elyse Turr, Working the Past: Linde

Message 1: Working the Past: Linde
Date: 03-Nov-2008
From: Elyse Turr <elyse.turroup.com>
Subject: Working the Past: Linde
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Title: Working the Past
Subtitle: Narrative and Institutional Memory
Published: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Author: Charlotte Linde
Hardback: ISBN: 0195140281 9780195140286 Pages: 272 Price: U.S. $ 99.00
Paperback: ISBN: 019514029X 9780195140293 Pages: 272 Price: U.S. $ 24.95

Stories told within institutions play a powerful role, helping to define
not only the institution itself, but also its individual members. How do
institutions use stories? How do those stories both preserve the past and
shape the future? To what extent does narrative construct both collective
and individual identity?

Charlotte Linde's unique and far-reaching study addresses these questions
by looking at the interplay of narratives, memory, and identity in a large
insurance company. Her detailed ethnography looks at the role of stories
within the institution and how they are employed by its members in both
private and group settings. Analyzing the re-telling of certain key
stories, she shows how the formation of "core" stories and their multiple
re-tellings and modifications provide a means of formulating and promoting
a cohesive group identity -- which in turn shapes the stories and
identities of the individuals within the collective. Linde also looks at
silences, and how stories not told also convey their version of the past.

"Working the Past" shows how stories that might otherwise be seen as part
of mundane daily life are in fact utterly essential to the formation and
maintenance of individual and group identity. Her original research will
appeal to those interested in narrative studies, linguistics, anthropology,
sociology, and institutional memory.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Written In: English (eng )

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