Narratives, community and land use decisions

David R. Maines, Jeffrey C. Bridger

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This article explores the narrative character of community, arguing that communities are intrinsically storied. Narratives are conceptualized as social acts and are thereby of inherent importance to social scientific endeavor. Following Weber, narratives also are seen to be entrenched in institutions and in the political economy of communities. State tourism and land use decisions are suggested as ideographic situations in which such entrenchment is found.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-380
Number of pages18
JournalThe Social Science Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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