using narratives as arguments Toulman structure of argument
What is it about?
This essay argues that narratives or stories are an essential communication mechanism that define the differences between two conflicting groups, especially in asymmetric conflicts. Stories told during conflict resolution experiences are typically assumed to be subjective and emotional versions of reality, but I argue that stories function as arguments. Stories provide a foundation for reasons and are used as evidence to justify positions; this makes them fundamentally argumentative in nature. Interaction data from various Israeli–Palestinian dialogue groups are used to display turns at talk that illustrate the functioning of narratives as arguments during deliberation.
Why is it important?
Shows how argument is used in everyday interaction
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