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Narrative and the Cultural Construction of Illness and Healing$
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Cheryl Mattingly and Linda Garro

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520218246

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520218246.001.0001

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Emergent Narratives

Emergent Narratives

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(p.181) Eight Emergent Narratives
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Narrative and the Cultural Construction of Illness and Healing
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Cheryl Mattingly

Linda C. Garro

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520218246.003.0008

This chapter focuses on “emergent narratives,” or stories that are created largely through actions rather than through words. It explores the interaction between health professionals and clients, while focusing on a single clinical encounter between an occupational therapist and patient. The discussion considers the poetics of the clinical interaction and relies on philosophical hermeneutics instead of rhetoric in considering the place of narrative in clinical work. The chapter also studies the narrative structure of action rather than narrative discourse.

Keywords:   emergent narratives, health professionals, poetics, clinical interaction, philosophical hermeneutics, narrative structure of action, narrative discourse

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