Negotiating Personal Experience over the lifetime: Narrative Elasticity as an Analytic Tool
Sociology and neighboring disciplines have produced different analytic tools to examine the dialogical relationship between individuals and society ("narrative work, "identity work, "moral career, "moral breakdown"). However,the question of how individuals negotiate the interpretation of personal experience over their lifetimes in a changing cultural context remains unexplored. This article introduces narrative elasticity as a feature of narrative work and as a time-sensitive analytic tool for conducting inquiries into processes of temporal retraction and expansion of what storytellers conceive as the normal order of significance. The application of this tool to the analysis of mature and elderly Chileans' life stories shows how cultural change occurs at the individual level,considers factors that motivate and inhibit processes of reinterpretation of personal experience,and identifies different levels at which it operates.
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Institución: Universidad Alberto HurtadoFacultad: Ciencias SocialesUnidad: Sociología