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Title: Towards a Revised Theory of Collective Learning Processes: Argumentation, Narrative and the Making of the Social Bond
Authors: Forchtner, Bernhard
Engelken Jorge, Marcos
Eder, Klaus
First Published: 27-Dec-2018
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Citation: European Journal of Social Theory, 2018
Abstract: Societies change; and sociology has, since its inception, described and evaluated these changes. This article proposes a revised theory of collective learning processes, a conceptual framework which addresses ways in which people make sense of and cope with change. Drawing on Habermas’ classic proposal, but shifting the focus from argumentation towards storytelling, it explains how certain articulations allow for collective learning processes (imagining more inclusive orders), while others block learning processes (imagining more exclusive orders). More specifically, the article points to narrative genres (romance, tragedy, comedy and irony) which organize feelings and shape the social bond, proposing that ironic and tragic stories have the potential to trigger collective learning processes, while romantic and comic stories tend to block them.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1368431018814348
ISSN: 1368-4310
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2018, SAGE Publications (UK and US). Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
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