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Making Stories: Law, Literature, Life [Paperback]

Jerome Bruner

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1 April 2003 067401099X 978-0674010994
Stories pervade our daily lives, from human interest news items, to a business strategy described to a colleague, to daydreams between chores. Stories are what we use to make sense of the world. But how does this work? In "Making Stories", psychologist Jerome Bruner examines this pervasive human habit and suggests new and deeper ways to think about how we use stories to make sense of lives and the great moral and psychological problems that animate them. Looking at legal cases and autobiography as well as literature, Bruner warns us not to be seduced by overly tidy stories and shows how doubt and double meaning can lie beneath the most seemingly simple cases.

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The best books have the capacity to change lives, sometimes by the sheer force of ideas communicated with felicity and grace. Bruner's short, compelling work Making Stories is just such a book. Bruner [makes] sharply visible what otherwise could be only indistinctly felt. He trains his searchlight on the complex and diverse uses not only of the conventional, easily recognized stories of myth and literature, but also of obscure stories, those found...buried within our culture, our institutions and ourselves. Los Angeles Times Book Review

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Jerome Bruner is University Professor at New York University and the author of many books, including Acts of Meaning; On Knowing; The Process of Education; and Toward a Theory of Instruction (all published by Harvard).

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Look at how Narratives affect our Lives 8 Jun 2006
By Christopher J. Sugar - Published on Amazon.com
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As a student interested in narratology, I found Jerome Bruner's book an excellent manual on how narratives effect our everyday lives. With the minimal a minimal amount of jargon, Bruner was able to convey what narrative was; how narrative is used; and how we interpret narrative in the stories we tell and the stories we read. This book is a must have for anyone interested in narratology or for any person seeking for a concise and clear understanding of how narratives work in our lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Narrative Art of Self-Making 21 Feb 2011
By Jason Kae-Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a gem that has quickly become one of my favorite Jerome Bruner books, a brief yet succulently satisfying account of how we use stories to make sense of our lives. As a narrative therapist, I find it affirming of many of the understandings of human social processes that have become invaluable in my work, particularly the notion that through narrative we sort of make ourselves up as we go along. As Bruner observes, "we constantly construct and reconstruct our selves to meet the needs of the situations we encounter," doing so "with the guidance of our memories of the past and our hopes...for the future." To me, our ability to make stories about ourselves (creating a "selfhood" along the way) is both invigorating and inspiring, as is this elegant little book that studies, honors and celebrates such a capacity. Well done Mr. Bruner!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! 25 May 2013
By Lisa - Published on Amazon.com
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Jerome Bruner provides important and relevant information about the narrative and the autobiography. I highly suggest that you buy this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book for understanding the power of adaptation 22 Aug 2012
By Dr. Laurence Raw - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a brilliant book for anyone wanting to understand the ways in which human beings construct narratives as ways of making sense of the world. Written by one of the leading authorities in educational psychology, it offers a basis for transdisciplinary learning in its framework encompassing literature, psychology and the law. Definitely a must for anyone interested in extending their knowledge of adaptation and its uses in human life.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Short but deadly 12 July 2009
By Sparky - Published on Amazon.com
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Writing is pedantic and the author seems to have to stretch to make the connection between narrative, law, and everyday life. I have a fairly large vocabulary, but the author sent me to the dictionary several times... The passages on narratives as a function of self-making and culture do not break any new ground, and there are probably other books that can more fully explore the importance of story-telling. Perhaps a good selection for lawyers or others who do not have a strong understanding of the functions of narrative.
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