By Joel Wendland

The Collectivity of Life is a learn of autobiographical writing and oral histories located within the overdue 20th century usa. The principal thesis is that through learning how the authors of those narratives articulate house of their tales, we will discover a routine critique of meritocratic individualism and reconstruct a counter-mythology that locates social mobility in collectivist stories. Fourteen autobiographical works are studied, together with these of Malcolm X, Audre Lorde, Barack Obama, and various different from a number of ethnic and a number of other areas of the united states, starting from 1964 via 2008. greater than forty oral histories housed in files in numerous areas of the rustic support to set up the book’s objective. by utilizing an idea of area, this publication shifts the focal point of private narrative from the inner assets of the person to networks of help and collective efforts within the formation in their identities and the root in their existence accomplishments.

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