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Yet the performative expressiveness he describes is still engaged very largely through verbal interaction, in which situations appear to possess a high degree of mutuality, conveying what might be 34 Ageing, Narrative and Identity termed a transactional inter-individuation; a participatory process characterized by what Goffman calls a ‘working consensus’ (10). In considering this constitution of everyday meanings and cultures, one ought to recollect what MacIntyre stresses in After Virtue, that first, ‘narrative history of a certain kind turns out to be the basic and essential genre for the characterization of human actions’ (208), and second: ‘Man is in his actions and practice, as well as in his fictions, essentially a story-telling animal’ (216).
It is an ‘enlightenment’ error. The ability of the professional intellectual skillfully to combine induction and deduction, to generalize, to infer, to transport from one sphere to another a criterion of discrimination, adapting it to new conditions, etc. is a ‘specialty’, it is not endowed with ‘common sense’. (128) As Gramsci adds enquiry ought to be based ‘Not in the abstract but concretely: on the basis of the real’ (128–129). In some senses such 22 Ageing, Narrative and Identity Gramscian understandings help one supplement what Elliott sees as the strengths of ‘the notion of the narrative constitution of the self’ and ‘its particular value within sociology’ (130) [emphasis added] if such a concept of narrative emergence and framing are seen as inherent to both coming to an appropriate methodological engagement and playing a part in its persuasiveness and manner of circulation, especially in that quotidian interrelations and their modes of diffusion become with a Gramscian awareness crucial modes of social engagement which need to permeate methodologically all levels of sociological enquiry and analysis.
40). Hence it might be suggested that narrative is a key synthetic agent in our understanding of ourselves in relation to things and events, but how might that process function in broad terms? Cade D. Mansfield, Kate C. Maclean and Jennifer P. 45). That is, it is through narrative processing that stories move beyond the structure of character and plot to contain some kernel of meaning that is more than the sum of its parts, particularly for difficult life events. It is this inherently translational event that takes an event that occurred in real-time and molds it into a remembered event with both structure and meaning that we refer to as narrative processing.
Ageing, Narrative and Identity: New Qualitative Social Research by Dr Nick Hubble;Philip Tew