Analyzing Irregular Warfare (IW) using a Narrative Approach
MARINE CORPS COMBAT DEVELOPMENT COMMAND QUANTICO VA
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Narrative Paradigm MANY behaviors are not explainable by prevalent social science theories. Modeling the irrational is exceedingly difficult THE narrative identity concept states that people are essentially storytellers - the way in which people explain andor justify their behavior, whether past or future, has more to do with telling a credible story than it does with producing evidence or constructing a logical argument. EVERY person being perceives their life to be a pattern of narratives which entail their values, beliefs, and aspirations. A person passes and receives information in the form of narratives. THEREFORE, the world is a set of stories from which each individual chooses the ones that match his or her values. ALTHOUGH people claim good reasons for their decisions, these reasons include history, culture, and perceptions about the status and character of the other people. THE test of narrative rationality is based on the probability, coherence and fidelity of the stories that underpin the immediate decisions to be made.
- Unconventional Warfare
- Sociology and Law