Metanarrative is a story,
narrative which claims to be above the ordinary accounts of social life. Postmodernists
claim that the majority of the writings of Karl Marx, David Emile Durkheim and Max
Weber are offered as metanarratives, presented as capturing universal properties of
social life and thus superior to more grounded stories. Postmodernist social theorists
argue for a return to the local, the rejection of grand theory and a privileged position
for science and its narratives, and an acknowledgment of the inherently political nature
of all narratives.
Science(s) - which, when
and whose? Probing the metanarrative of scientific knowledge in the social construction of
nature - Pedynowski, Dena - The role of 'scientific
knowledges' in the social construction of
reality has become a focal point of deconstruction and debate in geography, science
and technology studies. I demonstrate that many authors have constructed a metanarrative
of 'science' as a discursive strategy for their critiques of society.
This metanarrative belies the contemporary complexity of scientific endeavor.
Cultural Authenticity as
Entropic Metanarrative: A Case from Ryukyuan Studies
Assistant Professor Yoshinobu Ota - Hokkaido Tokai University, Japan.
In examining an history of ethnographic investigations of the Ryukyus, a long chain of
islands south of Japan, this paper proposes to identify a process by which the Ryukyuan
culture is constructed as the authentic, exotic Other, a process to which not only
Japanese ethnographers and folklorists but also Western anthropologists have actively
Interjected Routines as
Metanarrative Commentary - Roemer, Danielle M.
Expectations, conventions, and strategies relied upon by Anglo children when they are
participating in the speech event of storytelling, with focus on the children's
interweaving of narrational and metanarrational speech. The children in freely-chosen
groups were tape-recorded while they were telling stories. The data were examined for
information concerning their expectations and techniques for managing peer-group
storytelling. As intra-performance, metanarrative commentary, the interjections by the
participants in the group call attention to various aspects of story-telling in progress,
and are interwoven with the discourse of the story-telling itself.
The Development of Metanarrative Speech and Gesture in Children's Storytelling
- Cassell, Justine
Interaction between non-referential gesture and discourse-structuring linguistic devices
in the development of metanarrative ability. The development of the interaction between beat gestures and all metanarrative devices
was analyzed in children aged 5-6, 8-9, 11-12, and 3 adults. Adults produce metanarrative
and narrative statements when telling a story, with the beat gestures accompanying
metanarrative statements; young children do not produce many metanarrative statements, but
the percentage of metanarrative clauses in a story increases with age; young children do
produce as many beat gestures as adults, but they do not have the same distribution and do
not occur primarily in metanarrative clauses; and young children's beat gestures occur
with time words.
Telos, Chronos, and Hermeneia: The Role of Metanarrative in Leadership
Effectiveness through the Production of Meaning - Justin A. Irving and Karin
We argue for the existence of a relationship between metanarrative and leadership
effectiveness that is mediated by personal meaning. We present a model that attributes
this relationship to the capacity of metanarrative to produce meaning through the
interpretive frames of Telos (teleological context), Chronos (historical-narrative
context), and Hermeneia (interpretive context). A review of the leadership effectiveness
literature followed by a discussion of the theoretical foundations of the concepts of
meaning and metanarrative.