I gave this lecture at the Huddersfield Conference TROUBLING NARRATIVES: IDENTITY MATTERS on June 20th 2014. In this lecture I revisited my study Telling Sexual Stories, published nearly twenty years ago. I began by considering the background – how it came to be written. I then asked what its original contributions might have been; and highlighted four: a model of story telling, a typology of story genres, the significance of change and especially postmodernism; and the development of a politics of storytelling. I asked how the world has moved on in many ways since then and ‘upgraded’ some of its arguments and examples. I concluded by suggesting the need for a Politics of Story Telling, and outline directions for this: empirically, analytically and normatively. I focused especially on the need for humanist narratives of grounded utopian hope to help us move towards a better human world for all. You can find the handout here: Telling Sexual Stories
Posted by kenplummer on July 20, 2014 in Insipirations, Intimate citizenship, Politics and change, Sociological Imaginations and tagged Critical Sexualities, humanism, Imagining Better Worlds, intimate citizenship, kindness, political change, rights, social movements, sociology, stories, symbolic interactionist theory, Telling Sexual Stories.