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Storied Communities
Narratives of Contact and Arrival in Constituting Political Community
Hester Lessard   Rebecca Johnson   Jeremy Webber  

$85.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 12/15/2010
ISBN: 9780774818797    


$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/1/2011
ISBN: 9780774818803    


384 Pages





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About the Book

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.




This volume emerged from the work of the Consortium on Democratic Constitutionalism (Demcon), an interdisciplinary group of legal, political, and social theorists who work on questions of constitutional theory, design, and practice. Demcon volumes include:
Between Consenting Peoples
Storied Communities


About the Author(s)

Hester Lessard and Rebecca Johnson are professors of law at the University of Victoria.

Jeremy Webber holds the Canada Research Chair in Law and Society at the University of Victoria and is a Trudeau Fellow.


Table of Contents

PART 1: INTRODUCTION

1 Stories, Communities, and Their Contested Meanings / Hester Lessard, Rebecca Johnson, and Jeremy Webber

PART 2: NARRATIVES OF CONTACT AND ARRIVAL IN THE CANADIAN POLITICAL SPACE

2 Canadian Sovereignty and Universal History / Michael Asch
3 Historicizing Narratives of Arrival: The Other Indian Other / Audrey Macklin
4 The Conceit of Sovereignty: Toward Post-Colonial Technique / Brenna Bhandar

PART 3: NARRATIVES AND NARRATIVE FORM

5 Show Me Yours / Richard Van Camp
6 Horseflies, Haireaters, and Bulldogs: In Conversation with Richard Van Camp / Blanca Schorcht
7 Counter-Narratives of Arrival and Return: Testing the Interstices of Resistance / Sneja Gunew
8 Common Ground around the Tower of Babel / J. Edward Chamberlin

PART 4: CONTACT AND ITS NARRATIVES

9 Juxtaposing Contact Stories in Canada / Anne Godlewska
10 Native Women, the Body, Land, and Narratives of Contact and Arrival / Kim Anderson
11 The Batman Legend: Remembering and Forgetting the History of Possession and Dispossession / Bain Attwood
12 Layered Narratives in Site-Specific "Wild" Places / Jacinta Ruru

PART 5: ARRIVAL AND ITS NARRATIVES

13 Narratives of Origins and the Emergence of the European Union / Patricia Tuitt
14 "Robbed of a Different Life": Alternative Histories, Interrupted Futures / Susan Bibler Coutin

PART 6: INSTITUTIONAL IMPLICATIONS: HOW WOULD WE DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY IF WE TOOK NARRATIVE SERIOUSLY?

15 Toward a Shared Narrative of Reconciliation: Developments in Canadian Aboriginal Rights Law / S. Ronald Stevenson
16 Hoquotist: Reorienting through Storied Practice / Johnny Mack
17 Proof and Narrative: "Reproducing the Facts" in Refugee Claims / Donald Galloway

PART 7: THEORETICAL IMPLICATIONS: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

18 Differentiating Liberating Stories from Oppressive Narratives: Memory, Land, and Justice / Martha Nandorfy

Contributors
Index


Reviews

It is neither easy nor commonplace in contemporary Canada to realize a coming together of storytellers and scholars immersed in Aboriginal identities on one hand and recent immigrant identities on the other. That is what this book promises and largely delivers.
-- SHAUNA VAN PRAAGH, Faculty of Law, McGill University

Delightfully original and daring ... Storied Communities presents the most original and challenging uses of narrative methodology as a tool for legal and political analysis.
-- CONSTANCE MACINTOSH, Faculty of Law, Dalhousie University


Sample Chapter

Front Matter and Chapter One [PDF]


Related Topics

Law
History
Native Studies
Political Science


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