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Unformulated Experience by Donnel B. Stern

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7 Narrative Rigidity

Dissociation in the Weak Sense

An Approach to Narrative

When he first left school, John Shotter (1993), who is today a social constructionist thinker, was an apprentice engineer in an aircraft factory. He remembers the thousand workers, including himself, crowding in through the single door at the back of the factory, rushing to make the 7:30 A.M. deadline for punching in. They were docked 15 minutes pay for every minute they were late. Management and administrative staff, on the other hand, "strolled in" at 9:00 "through big double doors in the front." The management staff, served on white tablecloths by waitresses, were seated for lunch on a mezzanine raised five feet above the floor of the workers' lunchroom. The workers ...

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