Shaping History: Narratives of Political Change Molly Andrews. pdf ebook
ISBN: 0521604699, 9780511557859
"This is an inspiring book. It seamlessly weaves together theory in political science, psychology and sociology with the human stories, gathered in in-depth interviews, of people deeply engaged in important historical conditions and events. The concerns of the interviews range from identity, to commitment to causes and the moral meaning of actions. This is an important scholarly book that is a pleasure to read."
- Ervin Staub, author of The Roots of Evil: The Origins of Genocide and Other Group Violence (Cambridge, 1992) and The Psychology of Good and Evil: Why Children, Adults, and Groups Help and Harm Others (Cambridge, 2003)
"A very good application and extension of narrative theory, Shaping History is a wonderful addition to any qualitative methods course. Andrews's writing is personable, clear, and free of jargon.... She succeeds very well in outlining the advantages and pitfalls of this type of research by discussing the development of her own techniques over the years. As theorizing and researching emotions is the latest fad in social movement research, I suspect (and hope) we will see more political ethnographies in the near future. Scholars will do well to mind Andrews's observations on how best to encourage activists to tell their stories. - Canadian Journal of Sociology
Molly Andrews offers a novel analysis of the relationship between history and biography. Through four in-depth case studies she examines both the implicit political worldview and the wider social and political context of the stories individuals impart.