The Tales that Bind: A Narrative Model for Living and Helping in Rural Communities
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.
- 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 InformationWilliam 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
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
The Need to Know the Story
Strategies and Exercises
Questions for Consideration
Curriculum and Conversation
Appendix: An Annotated Bibliography
Subjects and Courses