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A Clash of Narratives

Pastor, Mima LU (2013) STVK02 20131
Human Rights Studies
Department of Political Science
Abstract
“Darfur” has come to be a place invoking many different interpretations and is more politically and emotionally charged, than just a territory on the map. The past events of Darfur during the years of 2003-2007 have been understood to constitute genocide, a violent conflict, a story about the struggle of “good vs. evil”.
I have employed the theory of Hayden White which asserts that through the uses of “emplotment” facts (past events) become structured in a plot, so they become components of a particular narrative. This theory is adapted to examine how narratives have used facts to present their version of history.
The findings are, that in many of the accounts facts are omitted to benefit the overall explanation and the authors have... (More)
“Darfur” has come to be a place invoking many different interpretations and is more politically and emotionally charged, than just a territory on the map. The past events of Darfur during the years of 2003-2007 have been understood to constitute genocide, a violent conflict, a story about the struggle of “good vs. evil”.
I have employed the theory of Hayden White which asserts that through the uses of “emplotment” facts (past events) become structured in a plot, so they become components of a particular narrative. This theory is adapted to examine how narratives have used facts to present their version of history.
The findings are, that in many of the accounts facts are omitted to benefit the overall explanation and the authors have indirectly assigned responsibility to different actors. Some accounts have reduced complexity regarding the identity of people and therefore created narratives told as “Arab vs. Black”. There are discrepancies in which label should be applied to explain the events of Darfur and I have found that the choosing of label is connected with how the narrative is told. (Less)
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author
Pastor, Mima LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
Creating the History of Darfur
course
STVK02 20131
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Hayden White, Darfur, Narrative Analysis, Argumentation Analysis, Emplotment
language
English
id
3629390
date added to LUP
2013-05-16 13:59:11
date last changed
2014-09-04 08:27:35
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  abstract     = {“Darfur” has come to be a place invoking many different interpretations and is more politically and emotionally charged, than just a territory on the map. The past events of Darfur during the years of 2003-2007 have been understood to constitute genocide, a violent conflict, a story about the struggle of “good vs. evil”.
I have employed the theory of Hayden White which asserts that through the uses of “emplotment” facts (past events) become structured in a plot, so they become components of a particular narrative. This theory is adapted to examine how narratives have used facts to present their version of history.
The findings are, that in many of the accounts facts are omitted to benefit the overall explanation and the authors have indirectly assigned responsibility to different actors. Some accounts have reduced complexity regarding the identity of people and therefore created narratives told as “Arab vs. Black”. There are discrepancies in which label should be applied to explain the events of Darfur and I have found that the choosing of label is connected with how the narrative is told.},
  author       = {Pastor, Mima},
  keyword      = {Hayden White,Darfur,Narrative Analysis,Argumentation Analysis,Emplotment},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {A Clash of Narratives},
  year         = {2013},
}