Master Narrative

From The SpiritWiki

A Master Narrative is a grand and transhistorical narrative "that is deeply embedded in a particular culture." [1] Master narratives are broadly accepted, readily understood and identified with, and rarely questioned. Master narratives contain "powerful persuasive messages that not only resonate or “ring true,” but also compel a certain level of ideological identifi cation, behaviour, and actions."[2]

Syncretic Terms

Creation Template > Master Narrative, Master Story

Notes

Master narratives provide humans with meaning. They 'springs from the nature of human beings to interpret the world around them through stories, ranging from the most abstract ideas of good and evil, to the use of those ideas to structure relations between humans, to the use of communication to conduct those relationships.'[3]

Footnotes

  1. Halverson, Jeffry R., H. L. Goodall, and Steven R. Corman. Master Narratives of Islamist Extremism. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. p. 15.
  2. Halverson, Jeffry R., H. L. Goodall, and Steven R. Corman. Master Narratives of Islamist Extremism. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. p. 13.
  3. Halverson, Jeffry R., H. L. Goodall, and Steven R. Corman. Master Narratives of Islamist Extremism. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. p. 15.