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Narratives of origins and the emergence of the European Union

Tuitt, Patricia (2010) Narratives of origins and the emergence of the European Union. In: Lessard, H. and Johnson, R. and Webber, J. (eds.) Storied Communities: Narratives of Contact and Arrival in Constituting Political Community. Vancouver, Canada: UBC Press. ISBN 9780774818797.

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Book synopsis: Political communities are defined - and often contested - through stories and storytelling. Scholars have long recognized that two foundational sets of stories - narratives of contact and narratives of arrival - helped to define settler societies. We are only beginning to understand how ongoing issues of migration and settlement are linked to issues of indigenous-settler contact. In Storied Communities, scholars from multiple disciplines disrupt the assumption in many works that indigenous and immigrant identities fall into two separate streams of analysis. The authors do not attempt to build a new master narrative - they instead juxtapose narratives of contact and arrival as they explore key themes: the nature and hazards of telling stories in the political realm; the literary, ceremonial, and identity-forming dimensions of the narrative form; actual narratives of contact and arrival in Canada, Australia, the Americas, New Zealand, and Europe; and the institutional and theoretical implications of foundation narratives and storytelling. In the process, they deepen our understanding of the role of narrative in community and nation building. By bringing to light the links between narratives of contact and narratives arrival, this innovative volume opens up new ways to imagine, sustain, and transform political communities.

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School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Law
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Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2011 13:55
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