Ageing, Narrative and Identity: New Qualitative Social by Dr Nick Hubble;Philip Tew

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Copeland and R. A. Zwaan (2005) outline autobiographical memory is dependent on interpreting complex sets of information; they describe researchers including themselves as having considered these factors by having subjects recollect fiction in the form of novels to test these functions (799–801). They conclude that methodologically speaking the tools used in assessing narrative comprehension can equally be applied to judging processes of autobiographical memory (811–812), the components of which have ‘become fictionalised and reorganised to fit the demands of story telling’ (796).

The narrative implicit in FCMAP itself and a variety of engagements with its structures by both academic researchers and volunteer participants (plus others such as NDA programme members, the two FCMAP administrators) which included further experiential exchanges and narrative processing all of which contribute to the set of relations in point 1. 6. Diaries whose narratives are reflective of participation by self and others in FCMAP, that draw of the experiential, are both self-analytical and were longitudinal in terms of 10 months of life experience, all of which constitute narrative processing that is part of the relations in point 1.

Interestingly, applied to such contexts is the notion of a narrative consciousness, both individual and collective that Walter R. Fisher (1987) deployed in seeking to displace the rational, reasoning core that underpinned the term of homo sapiens based as it is on concepts of wisdom and rationality. In rejecting the premises subtending this concept, Fisher says, I propose (1) a reconceptualization of humankind as Homo narrans; (2) that all forms of human communication need to be seen fundamentally as stories – symbolic interpretations of aspects of the world occurring in time and shaped by history, culture, and character; (3) that individuated forms of discourse should be considered as ‘good reasons’ – values or value-laden warrants for believing or acting in certain ways; and (4) that a narrative logic that all humans have natural capacities to employ ought to be conceived of as the logic by which human communication is assessed.

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