It Was Like a Fever: Storytelling in Protest and Politics
Activists and politicians have long recognized the power of a good story to move people to action. In early four black college students sat down at a.and the who is the first black person in the world
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But, as Francesca Polletta skillfully demonstrates, this ubiquity is both strength and liability. Because anyone can tell a story, everyone does. Telling a story can either express unacknowledged truths or spread falsehoods. Because of this ambivalence, people often don't take stories seriously. Unfortunately, neither do social researchers. And that, according to Polletta, is a mistake.
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Francesca Polletta. Activists and politicians have long recognized the power of a good story to move people to action. In early four black college students sat down at a whites-only lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, and refused to leave. Within a month sit-ins spread to thirty cities in seven states. Student participants told stories of impulsive, spontaneous action—this despite all the planning that had gone into the sit-ins.
It Was Like a Fever