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Narrative environments: how do they matter?

Parsons, Allan (2009) Narrative environments: how do they matter? Rhizomes (19). ISSN 1555-9998

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Abstract

The significance and possible senses of the phrase 'narrative environment' are explored. It is argued that 'narrative environment' is not only polysemous but also paradoxical; not only representational but also performative; and not just performatively repetitive but also reflexive and constitutive. As such, it is useful for understanding the world of the early 21st century. Thus, while the phrase narrative environment can be used to denote highly capitalised, highly regulated corporate forms, i.e. "brandscapes", it can also be understood as a metaphor for the emerging reflexive knowledge-work-places in the ouroboric, paradoxical economies of the 21st century. Narrative environments are the media and the materialities through which we come to comprehend that world and to act in those economies. Narrative environments are therefore, sophistically, performative-representative both of the corporate dominance of life worlds and of the undoing of that dominance, through the iterative responses to the paradoxical injunction: "learn to live".

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Information Systems and Library Services (ISLS)
ID Code:7093
Deposited On:23 Dec 2009 12:47
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