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Telling Stories to Change the World: Global Voices on the Power of Narrative to Build Community and Make Social Justice Claims


reviewed by Four Arrows aka Don Trent Jacobs — October 16, 2008

coverTitle: Telling Stories to Change the World: Global Voices on the Power of Narrative to Build Community and Make Social Justice Claims
Author(s): Rickie Solinger, Madeline Fox and Kayhan Irani (Eds.)
Publisher: Routledge, New York
ISBN: 0415960800, Pages: 263, Year: 2008
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The editors of this collection of twenty-three essays from around the world declare that narrative, drama, drawing and other forms of story-telling can help mitigate injustice. The evidence for this declaration and their title’s assertion about the “power of narrative to build community and make social justice claims” is revealed not so much in project outcomes as it is in the energy of the stories themselves and their emotional impact on the reader. This is not to say that the reader does not learn about some proven results of a story project. For example, in Chapter 12, “Drawing Attention to Darfur,” contributor Annie Sparrow tells the story of how drawings by young children who witnessed the horrors of genocide firsthand ultimately led to “educating, connecting and inspiring people to participate in the struggle for Darfur” (p.128).       Although there are many modern books on the power of story telling that are therapeutic... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 16, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15415, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 4:04:25 PM

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  • Four Arrows aka Don Trent Jacobs
    Fielding Graduate University
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    FOUR ARROWS, aka Don Trent Jacobs, Ph.D., Ed.D., is a professor at Fielding Graduate University and is the author of seventeen books, including The Authentic Dissertation (Routledge, 2008); Unlearning the Language of Conquest (University of Texas, 2006); and Primal Awareness (1998). His forthcoming book from Sense Publishers is entitled, Social Neuroscience and Indigenous Wisdom. He can be reached at www.teachingvirtues.net.
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