Summary of The Danger of a Single Story

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The Danger of a Single Story summary
Stories are a powerful tool for enlightenment, yet the “single story” creates misconceptions.


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Once upon a time, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave a TED Talk that drew millions of viewers. She warned of the perils of a “single story” – a tale that depicts just one aspect of a place or people. Those with most power perpetrate and perpetuate stereotypes with such stories, dehumanizing their subjects. getAbstract recommends this account to human resources executives and those who work alongside individuals from other cultures. The end.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the proliferation of a “single story” creates misconceptions,
  • How people in power perpetrate and perpetuate stereotypes with single stories, and
  • How multiple stories of a people or place enhance understanding.


Growing up in Nigeria, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie read children’s books by British and American authors. These works were pervasive and framed her impressions of literature, and her juvenile attempts at writing emulated them. Adichie wrote about blue-eyed children, snow and ginger beer, things she had...
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian author. Her works include Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah.

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