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Narrative Theory

To begin, please watch this 15-minute video introduction to narrative theory ---->

How narratives became the "unit of analysis" for Leavitt's dissertation.
The video adaptations of the two following conference presentations are currently being produced and 
should be up soon. Once uploaded, they will do a good job of explaining the above model and show how 
"narratives" (and their sustaining institutions) become the unit of analysis in Leavitt's research, not the individuals that follow the narratives.

PATnet 2013 (Public Administration Theory Network)
Title of Paper: Redescribing the Discourse within Marginalized Populations
Conference was held in San Francisco from May 30 - June 2, 2013

9th Transatlantic Dialogue Conference
Title of Paper: 
Grassroots Glocalization: How a Networked Virtual Institution Could Mitigate Policy Problems
Conference was held in Baltimore, MD from June 13 - 15, 2013

Narrative Trivia:

Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the Star Trek saga, knew about artistic creativity in narrative construction. More than 40 years ago he famously said, “If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety, not something to fear” (Sackett, 2002). Roddenberry’s career is marked by firsts as he pushed deeply entrenched (and marginalizing) narratives into the background with things such as the first (faked) inter-racial kiss on public television.

Sackett, S. (2002). Inside Trek: My secret life with Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Tulsa, OK:Hawk Publishing Group