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Culture and conflict

October 13, 2011

“the viability of a culture inheres in its capacity for resolving conflicts, for explicating differences and renegotiating communal meanings…. Thus, while a culture must contain a set of norms, it must also contain a set of interpretive procedures for rendering departures from those norms meaningful in terms of established patterns of belief.  It is narrative and narrative interpretation upon which folk psychology depends for achieving this kind of meaning.  Stories achieve their meanings by explicating deviations from the ordinary in a comprehensible form – by providing the ‘impossible logic'”

Ref: 47 Jerome Bruner (1990) Acts of Meaning. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press

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