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Title: Narrative Community
Subtitle: Voices of Israeli Backpackers
Written By: Chaim Noy
Series Title: Raphael Patai Series in Jewish Folklore and Anthropology

Narrative Community illustrates how, against the peaks of Mt. Everest,
avalanches, and Incan cities, the travelers' storytelling becomes an
inherently social drama of shared knowledge, values, hierarchy, and
aesthetics. Based on forty-five in-depth narrative interviews, the research
in this book examines how identities and a sense of belonging emerge on
different social levels—the individual, the group, and the
collective—through voices that evoke both the familiar and the Other. In
addition, Narrative Community makes a significant contribution to modern
tourism literature by exploring the sociolinguistic dimension related to
tourists’ accounts and particularly the transformation of self that occurs
with the experience of travel. In particular, it addresses the
interpersonal persuasion that travelers use in their stories to convince
others to join in the ritual of backpacking by stressing the personal
development that they have gained through their journeys.

This volume is groundbreaking in its dialogical conceptualization of the
interview as a site of cultural manifestation, innovation, and power
relations. The methods employed, which include qualitative sampling and
interviewing, clearly demonstrate ways of negotiating, manifesting, and
embodying speech performances. Because of its unique interdisciplinary
nature, Narrative Community will be of interest to sociolinguists, folklore
scholars, performance studies scholars, tourism scholars, and those
interested in social discourses in Israel.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0814331769
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 256
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