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Changing Narratives. The Stories the Religious Have Lived by since the 1960’s

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This chapter considers tendencies in historical research and their effects on narrative changes in the historiography of the religious. It describes how this is directly correlated to a thoroughly altered self-understanding, a societal and churchly repositioning from the late 1960's that channeled the religious' new narratives on the past. The chapter argues that historians should account for this and be wary of defining legacy in terms of what the religious themselves view as 'desired'. It addresses more elaborately the somewhat uncomplicated approach to the history of orders and congregations entailed by resourcement as the guiding research principle. Historians have to account for the changes in the narratives that have guided the religious' self-understanding since the 1960's. Those narratives underpin the accounts of religious life in interviews and surveys.

Keywords: congregations; historiography; narrative changes; religious life; religious' self-understanding; resourcement



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