Using Stories in Honor-Shame Cultures

Using Stories in Honor-Shame Cultures April 24, 2014

In honor-shame cultures, using stories is a key element of ministry.

I’ll be publishing a few articles on this in the coming months. For now, some people might be interested in what looks to be a good series over at

The series is called “How Stories Change Honor Codes.”

Here’s a little bit of what is you’ll see:

At the surface rhetorical level, Kent’s engaging parable with a shocking conclusion captured the listeners’ interest.  But more fundamental was how that parable functioned to redefine the listener’s honor code (=the internal value system defining honor and shame).  The parable of a dog rewrote the assumed narrative of honorability and shamefulness.  New attributions of worth were created.  Narratives reconstruct notions of honor and shame by effectively relocating listeners as characters in an alternative plotline.


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