Narrative Theory Versus Truth: A Poststructuralist Reading in Environmental Education

By Joy Hardy.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Narrative theory has attracted a great deal of attention in education research over the last 20 years; however, the attention has not all been positive. Some leading education theorists have appealed to the notion of truth to declaim narrative theory. However, such theorists have invoked intuitive notions of truth. This paper discusses narrative theory in relation to correspondence, coherence, pragmatic and poststructuralist theories of truth. The discussion demonstrates that any attempts to repudiate poststructuralist narrative knowledges on the basis that they fail to uphold classical theories of truth miss the mark.

Keywords: Narrative Theory, Truth, Correspondence Theories, Coherence Theories, Pragmatic Theories, Poststructuralism, Environmental Education

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 8, pp.167-174. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 732.301KB).

Assoc. Prof. Joy Hardy

Associate Professor in Contextual Studies, School of Education, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia

Joy Hardy is an associate professor in contextual studies at the University of New England, Australia. Her research interests include poststructuralist critiques of language and cultural production, and the construction of (the) environment and environmental subjectivities.


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