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Narratives and evidence – which stories about COVID-19 did we believe and why?

Engebretsen, Eivind and Baker, Mona (2022) Narratives and evidence – which stories about COVID-19 did we believe and why? Impact of Social Sciences Blog (25 May 2022). Blog Entry.

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Rigorous empirical evidence is often presumed to be the most persuasive, notably in fields such as healthcare and medicine, where there are established frameworks for assessing the quality of evidence. In this post, Eivind Engebretsen and Mona Baker argue for the importance of narrative rationality, especially in areas where expertise is contested. Drawing on work from their forthcoming book and taking the COVID-19 pandemic as an exemplary case, they point to how the narrative structure and context of evidence are closely related to how knowledge is communicated and adopted by different audiences.

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Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2022 12:18
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 11:32

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