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Parallel Worlds: ‘This is How I Remember it … This is How it Was. It Could Have Happened to Anyone’

Dilks, Helen (2005) Parallel Worlds: ‘This is How I Remember it … This is How it Was. It Could Have Happened to Anyone’. In: Narrative, Memory & Everyday Life. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 211-222.

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      The opportunity for this research was provided by my links through
      employment within the shopfitting industry over a period of approximately ten
      years, during which time I have investigated the relationship between formal
      employment law and the practical application in the lives of the workers. In the
      process I have learned a great deal about the industry through the ‘stories’ told
      by the workers themselves concerning their occupational experiences. The
      stories often involve disputes between those who perceive others to be
      ‘outsiders’ to their own group. I employ the concept of embodying agency
      when referring to the activity and experience of shopfitters within their own
      ‘insider’ world, and introduce the term structuring agency to identify outsider
      groups according to the narrative presentations of the respondents. These
      descriptions are contingent upon the relationship between the narrator and
      listener group in the present, and also upon ‘remembered’ associations from the
      historical and recent past, which may be skilfully combined to produce a
      coherent narrative. The narrative itself then forms part of the ‘remembered’
      history of the group, and serves to consolidate a person’s position as an insider
      or outsider according to his accrual of shopfitting capital, earned through
      storytelling expertise (Dilks, 2003).

      Item Type: Book Chapter
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      Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
      B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
      Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences > Narrative and Memory Research Group > Narrative and Memory Research Group Annual Conference
      School of Human and Health Sciences
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      Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
      Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2009 14:41
      Last Modified: 30 Jul 2010 14:12


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