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By Cheryl Mattingly

There's growing to be curiosity in "therapeutic narratives" and the relation among narrative and therapeutic. Cheryl Mattingly's ethnography of the perform of occupational treatment in a North American medical institution investigates the complicated interconnections among narrative and adventure in scientific paintings. Viewing the realm of incapacity as a socially developed adventure, it offers fascinatingly precise case experiences of scientific interactions among occupational therapists and sufferers, lots of them critically injured and disabled, and illustrates the varied ways that a regular scientific interchange is remodeled right into a dramatic adventure ruled through a story plot. Drawing on a variety of assets, together with anthropological reviews of narrative and formality, literary idea, phenomenology and hermeneutics, this ebook develops a story idea of social motion and adventure. whereas such a lot modern theories of narrative presume that narratives impose a man-made coherence upon lived event, Mattingly argues for a revision of the vintage mimetic place. If narrative bargains a correspondence to lived adventure, she contends, the dominant formal function which connects the 2 isn't really narrative coherence yet narrative drama. relocating and complicated, this e-book is an cutting edge contribution to the learn of contemporary associations and to anthropological conception.

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Perhaps we have been mistaken. Finding narrative in clinical practice 19 Narrative, actions and experience This book is, on the one hand, an ethnography of occupational therapy which attends specifically to narrative as a structure of that practice. But it is also intended as a more general meditation on some central anthropological and philosophical questions about the relation between narrative, action, and experience as these play out in the world of clinical activity. The basic argument of this book, elaborated in the context of occupational therapy, is that narratives are not just about experiences.

The realist position: narrative as imitation of action and experience The irresistible urge to catch hold of experience by putting it in narrative form and the further urge to believe one has captured something true belongs to what is often termed the "realist" position. It belongs to the commonsense view that, when we have an experience and we want to tell others about it, we tell a story. We draw upon narrative to recreate the experience, to reproduce events that occurred in an "experience25 26 Healing dramas and clinical plots near" way (Wikan 1991; Badone 1991).

Chapter 2 centers on the debate within anthropology concerning the relation between story and experience. This debate, which concerns the problem of narrative reference and the status of "experience" as a prelinguistic category, has been taken up most explicitly within anthropology by its "postmodernists" but has been discussed most thoroughly outside anthropology within modern and postmodern literary theory. Against the prevalent positions within anthropology and literary theory that abandon any referential relation between story and experience, I argue that one can reasonably speak of Finding narrative in clinical practice 23 a correspondence between the structure of narrative discourse and structures of action and experience.

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