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Speaking of ViolenceThe Politics and Poetics of Narrative in Conflict Resolution$
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Sara Cobb

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199826209

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199826209.001.0001

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Aesthetic Criteria for Humanizing Narratives

Aesthetic Criteria for Humanizing Narratives

(p.197) 7 Aesthetic Criteria for Humanizing Narratives
Speaking of Violence

Sara Cobb

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers an aesthetic framework that provides criteria for building humanizing narratives; these narratives are described as “better” than others because both because they are healthier than conflict narratives for relational dynamics and in terms of the materialization of subjectivity, but they are also “better” in the sense that they amend, reform, and redeem conflict narratives. The criteria for “better-formed” narratives, drawn from Arendt, Nelson, and Aristotle provide an aesthetics for both designing and evaluating the transformation of conflict narratives. Illustrative cases will include discussions of the conflicts in Guatemala and Amsterdam; additionally, the case of a violent conflict in a large family business will be presented.

Keywords:   irony, better-formed story, turning Point, anchoring, narrative Mediation

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