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Towards a Revised Theory of Collective Learning Processes: Argumentation, Narrative and the Making of the Social Bond

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posted on 2019-05-01, 14:23 authored by Bernhard Forchtner, Marcos Engelken Jorge, Klaus Eder
Societies change; and sociology has, since its inception, described and evaluated these changes. This article proposes a revised theory of collective learning processes, a conceptual framework which addresses ways in which people make sense of and cope with change. Drawing on Habermas’ classic proposal, but shifting the focus from argumentation towards storytelling, it explains how certain articulations allow for collective learning processes (imagining more inclusive orders), while others block learning processes (imagining more exclusive orders). More specifically, the article points to narrative genres (romance, tragedy, comedy and irony) which organize feelings and shape the social bond, proposing that ironic and tragic stories have the potential to trigger collective learning processes, while romantic and comic stories tend to block them.

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European Journal of Social Theory, 2018

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Media, Communication and Sociology

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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European Journal of Social Theory

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SAGE Publications (UK and US)

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1368-4310

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2018-10-28

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2018

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2019-05-01

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https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1368431018814348

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en

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