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5. reconceptualizations of society, history and the self as cultural constructs, hence as rhetorical constructs.
1. a greater awareness of history as a narrative, that is, a human construct; history is accessible to us, but only as text -- its documents are texts, its institutions are social texts. This does not mean that history did not happen; it means that what we know as history is known to us only through what is configured for our understandings by language, by narratives with their own shaping forces, by figures of speech.
2 an insistence of the incarnate and the contingent, human life as located, specific, grounded in the body and in circumstance.