9 Aug 2015 The Spatiality and Temporality of All Storytelling (Boje, 7AM)

Beneath and behind all storytelling are antenarrative processes.

Antenarrative is constitutive of all storytelling through “circumspection of concern” (Heidegger, 1962: #103).  Antenarrative takes account beforehand by its constitutive “circumspection of concern” (IBID), what Anton Corey (2001) calls threads of intentionality.

Living story is all about the who, when, and where the antenarrative matters of concern get enacted, such as in the survivance and transmotion the Gregory Vivenor writes out in indigenous storytelling.

  • [Living] Stories have a time, a place, and an owner and adds storytelling “… can work to oppress or to liberate, to confuse or to enlighten” (pp. 4, 21-2 Gerald Vizenor, Manifest Manners: Narrative on PostIndian Survivance). Living story is not clocktime, but rather the setting of the sun, sunrise, midday, sundown, the night sky.
  • Narrative, by contrast, particularly Eurowestern narrative, is always monological (a single plot, theme, logic), and has a linear beginning, middle, end approach to closure. This can be quite useful to forming corporate mission statements, inscribing corporate values, but a rather petrified narrative, lacks the life of a living story, its space is universal, abstraction, generality, not the time, place, and ownership of a living story community in league with its environment.
  • Antenarrative is “de-severance and directionality” Heidegger, 1962: 105) mannerhood of concern-fulness. Deseverance brings the far into closeness, the close in touch with the farther reaches of the universe. The spatiality of deseverance courts the familiarity that narrative eschews, and is not the spatiality of space that belongs to living story involvements “in-accordance-with-the-world” (Heidegger, 1962: 104).
  • In the “storytelling organization” (Boje, 1991, 1995, 2008), what Heidegger, 1962: 104) says applies: “Space has been split into places.” An organization, all its buildings, are spaces split into places, where a totality of living story involvements have a place, a time (from sunrise to sunset), a who is authorized to tell and listen, and a more situated environmentally spatial region of involvements that can be veiled, undisclosed in the storytelling.

Antenarratives belongs already to such storytelling regions, beforehand already before-narrative, beneath living story, has its ownmost possibilities of concern-fully Being-in-the-storytelling-worldhood of involvements. Antenarrative is discovered by circumspection (being wary, prudent, unwilling to take certain risks), but this is not at all the “observational measurement of space” (Heidegger, 1962: 103), that we find in the book by David Spradley (1980 Participant observation, NY: Holt Rinehart & Winston) that I teach in our qualitative methods doctoral seminar at NMSU. The where, when, who of the observational measurement matrix, the whole multiplicity of places is merely a three-dimensional Euclidean space-time, but not an antenarrative ‘circumspection of concern.’

In the everyday dealings of a ‘Storytelling Organization’ there is narrative space of generality, living story space of who/what/where/when web of involvements, and there is the deseverance and directionality of antenarrative spacetimemattering. E.g. the spatiality of antenarrative is constitutive of storytelling worldhood, within the space ready-to-hand that is before-narrative, and beneath living story, because antenarrative establishes and constitutes circumspection of concern, the prudent and less than prudent antes, the bets on the future arriving, not from the past (by retrospective sensemaking) nor by the emergence of the Now of living story unfolding involvements, but rather the future itself arriving present in a spacetimemattering loop of deseverance and directionality, out of circumspective concern, I have been calling the Boje (2012, heart-of-care ‘of-Care’). This is what what Heidegger (1971 PLT: p. 128) calls moving away from “calculating consciousness towards the inner space of the heart.” Ironically this is moving on a orbital life-path “toward the true interior of the heart’s space” (ibid, p. 130, as cited in Boje of-Care’).