Buckler - Chapter 05
What I want to explore is the enabling capacity of storytelling,
fitting it into an 'ethic of care' (Gilligan 1982; Borneman 2001;
Larrabee 1993). In other words, I want to show how storytelling
practices teach us how and who to be in the world and in so doing they
describe the ethical and moral terrain of that world – how to be a
'good' person or a 'proper person' to use the words that Gypsies use.
Faubion (2001: 18) has outlined this notion of an 'ethic of care' with
regard to Foucault's analysis of ethics and techniques of
subjectivation and with specific reference to performing kinship. The
general theoretical argument here is that a person is the subject of
his or her own creative capabilities and that through being taught
techniques of subjectivation a person learns how to articulate himor
herself as the kind of subject s/he chooses to be.