Sociology Index


Metanarrative is a story, narrative or theory which claims to be above the ordinary or local 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 local or more grounded stories.

Science(s) - which, when and whose? Probing the metanarrative of scientific knowledge in the social construction of nature - Pedynowski, Dena - Abstract: The role of 'scientific knowledges' in the social construction of reality has become a focal point of deconstruction and debate in both geography and science and technology studies over the past decades. 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 and its diverse epistemic cultures.

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.

Interjected Routines as Metanarrative Commentary - Roemer, Danielle M. 
This report considers some of the expectations, conventions, and strategies relied upon by Anglo children when they are participating in the speech event of storytelling, with particular focus on the children's interweaving of narrational and metanarrational speech. It is generally understood that 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.
This study examined interaction between non-referential gesture and discourse-structuring linguistic devices in the development of metanarrative ability. Specifically, the development of the interaction between beat gestures and all metanarrative devices was analyzed in 9 children aged 5-6, 8-9, 11-12, and in 3 adults. Results showed that (1) adults produce metanarrative and narrative statements when telling a story, with the beat gestures accompanying metanarrative statements; (2) young children do not produce many metanarrative statements, but the percentage of metanarrative clauses in a story increases with age; (3) 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.

Telos, Chronos, and Hermeneia: The Role of Metanarrative in Leadership Effectiveness through the Production of Meaning - Justin A. Irving and Karin Klenke
Justin A. Irving, M.Div., Instructor of Ministry Leadership, Center for Transformational Leadership, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN
Karin Klenke, Ph.D., Professor, School of Leadership Studies, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA
Abstract: In this article, we argue for the existence of a relationship between metanarrative and leadership effectiveness that is mediated by personal meaning. After analyzing the relevant literatures, we present a model that attributes this relationship to the capacity of metanarrative to produce meaning through the interpretive frames of Telos, Chronos and Hermeneia. We begin with a review of the leadership effectiveness literature followed by a discussion of the theoretical foundations of the concepts of meaning and metanarrative.