The Tales that Bind: A Narrative Model for Living and Helping in Rural Communities

By William Lowell Randall, Rosemary Clews, and Dolores Furlong

© 2015

Every year, thousands of new practitioners in professions such as social work, education, medicine, and the church leave the large urban centres where they received their training and go to work in small towns, remote hamlets, and other rural settings. Often they find themselves unprepared for professional life in these communities.

Drawing on in-depth interviews conducted with more than forty practitioners working in a range of professions and communities throughout rural New Brunswick, The Tales that Bind presents a narrative approach to facing these challenges. Using fictionalized vignettes and autobiographical sketches, William Lowell Randall, Rosemary Clews, and Dolores Furlong argue that success as rural practitioners requires “knowing the story” – whether that is personal, communal, or regional.

An accessible, practical guide to using narrative techniques in practice, The Tales that Bind is a unique resource for students, teachers, and professionals working in rural settings.

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  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.7in x 9.0in
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The Tales that Bind presents a narrative approach to facing the challenges of working as a practitioner in social work, education, medicine, or the church in small towns, remote hamlets, and other rural settings.

The Tales that Bind: A Narrative Model for Living and Helping in Rural Communities

By William Lowell Randall, Rosemary Clews, and Dolores Furlong

© 2015

Every year, thousands of new practitioners in professions such as social work, education, medicine, and the church leave the large urban centres where they received their training and go to work in small towns, remote hamlets, and other rural settings. Often they find themselves unprepared for professional life in these communities.

Drawing on in-depth interviews conducted with more than forty practitioners working in a range of professions and communities throughout rural New Brunswick, The Tales that Bind presents a narrative approach to facing these challenges. Using fictionalized vignettes and autobiographical sketches, William Lowell Randall, Rosemary Clews, and Dolores Furlong argue that success as rural practitioners requires “knowing the story” – whether that is personal, communal, or regional.

An accessible, practical guide to using narrative techniques in practice, The Tales that Bind is a unique resource for students, teachers, and professionals working in rural settings.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.7in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    “Building upon research done over the past several decades on the importance of narrative and story, The Tales that Bind applies these theories to Canadian rural realities. A contribution to an area where relatively little has been published, this book will be a highly useful read for professionals who are working, or wish to work, in rural settings.”
    John H. Young, School of Religion, Queen's University

    The Tales That Bind describes what is unique about rural helping careers. The book is directed to both teachers and learners, and is written in such a way that it will be helpful to both.”


    Preston Smith, Dean of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
  • Author Information

    William Lowell Randall is a professor in the Department of Gerontology at St. Thomas University.

    Rosemary Clews was a professor in the Department of Social Work and Assistant Vice President (Research) at St. Thomas University.

    Dolores Furlong is a professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of New Brunswick.
  • Table of contents

    Part I: The Context

    The Story of the Project

    The New Brunswick Story

    The Researchers’ Stories

    Rosemary’s Story

    Bill’s Story

    Dolores’ Story

    Part II: The Stories

    Tales from the Front: An Introduction

    Rural Policing as Real Policing: An Officer’s Tale

    Born and Bred: A Teacher’s Tale

    Places, Programs, and People: A Nurse’s Tale

    Developing the Community: An Activist’s Tale

    The Passing of Reverend Bob: A Minister’s Tale

    Becoming a Helper: A Social Work Student’s Tale

    Working in an Another Language: A Doctor’s Tale

    Ready to Retire: A Social Work Director’s Tale

    Fish Out of Water: A Volunteer’s Tale

    Part III: The Lessons

    A Narrative Curriculum for Rural Helping

    Recurring Themes

    The Need to Know the Story

    Strategies and Exercises

    Questions for Consideration

    Curriculum and Conversation

    Appendix: An Annotated Bibliography

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