Curated Stories: The Uses and Misuses of Storytelling by Sujatha Fernandes

By Sujatha Fernandes

Storytelling has proliferated this present day, from TED Talks and people of latest York to a plethora of story-coaching organisations and specialists. those narratives are usually heartbreaking money owed of poverty, mistreatment, and fight that frequently movement us deeply. yet what do they flow us to? And what are the stakes within the crafting and use of storytelling?

In Curated Stories, Sujatha Fernandes considers the increase of storytelling along the wider shift to neoliberal, free-market economies to argue that tales were reconfigured to advertise entrepreneurial self-making and restructured as simply digestible soundbites mobilized towards utilitarian ends. Fernandes roams the globe and returns with tales from the Afghan Women's Writing undertaking, the household employee and undocumented pupil legislative campaigns within the usa, and the Misión Cultura venture in Venezuela. She exhibits how the stipulations below which tales are advised, the tropes in which they're narrated, and the ways that they're spoke back to may very well hide the deeper contexts of world inequality. Curated tales shift the point of interest clear of structural difficulties and defuse the confrontational politics of social movements.

Not only a severe exam of up to date use of narrative and its wider impression on our collective realizing of urgent social matters, Curated Stories additionally explores how storytelling could be reclaimed to permit for the complexity of expertise to be expressed in pursuit of transformative social change.

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