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Titre : Interpersonal Accounts: A Social ...
Éditeur : John Wiley and Sons Ltd, United Kingdom
Date d'édition : 1991
Reliure : Hardback
Etat du livre : New
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Language: English . Brand New Book. The human is perhaps best dubbed Homo Narrans , the story-teller. In the search for meanings, humans constantly tell stories and make accounts to explain events and frame relationships. This book presents a systematic analysis from a psychological standpoint of this universal and fundamental human capacity. Nowhere is account-making more evident than at time of acute personal stress. In divorce and separation, death of a spouse, redundancy or retirement, for example, people often deal best with loss when they have worked through its meaning for themselves and have confided that meaning to empathic others. It is in the process of account making that people look to create meaning out of loss. So fundamental an activity as account-making must, the authors believe, have evolutionary origins. Drawing on the work of Jaynes, they consider the process in relation to the origin of human consciousness and the beginnings of story telling as a human activity. N° de réf. du libraire AAH9780631175926
Synopsis : The human is perhaps bestdubbed ?homo narrans?, the story?teller.In our search for meanings we constantly tell stories and makeaccounts to explain events and frame relationships. This bookpresents the first systematic analysis from a psychologicalstandpoint of this universal and fundamental human capacity.
Nowhere is our account?making more evident that at times of acutepersonal stress. In divorce and separation, death of a spouse,redundancy or retirement, for example, we deal best with loss whenwe have worked through its meaning to close, empathic others. It isin the process of account?making that people look to create meaningout of loss.
So fundamental an activity as account?making must, the authorsbelieve, have evolutionary origins. Drawing on the work of Jaynes,they consider the process in relation to the origin of humanconsciousness and the beginnings of story?telling as a humanactivity.
In arguing for the centrality of accounts to our psychology, theauthors are careful to distinguish them from other processes ofattribution and narratization. Nevertheless, the theories developedhere will have a far?reaching impact on the development of socialpsychology and beyond the confines of the descipline too.
A propos de l'auteur:
John H. Harvey is Professor of Psychology at the Universityof Iowa. He was previously at Vanderbilt and Texas TechUniversities. He is well known for his work on attribution theory,especially as applied to dynamics in close relationships. His booksinclude (with Ickes and Kidd as co?editors) the New Directionsin Attribution Research series (Erblaum, 1976, 1978, 1981),(with Weary) Perspectives on Attributional Processes (W. C.Brown 1981) and (with Kelley et al.) Close Relationships(Freeman 1983).
Ann L. Weber is Associate Professor of Psychology at theUniversity of North Carolina at Asheville. She is author ofchapters in Accounting for Relationships, edited by Burnett,McGhee and Clarke (Methuen, 1987), The State of SocialPsychology, edited by M. Leary (Sage, 1989), andIntimacy, edited by R. Burnett (Salem House, 1990).
Terri L. Orbuch is an assistant professor of sociology atthe University of Michigan. She recently completed a post?doctoralfellowship in the department of psychology at the University ofIowa. She is editor of Close Relationship Loss: TheoreticalApproaches, forthcoming from Springer?Verlag Publishing Co.
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