Alaszewski, A.M. (2006) Diaries as a source of suffering narratives: A critical commentary. Health, Risk & Society, 8 (1). pp. 43-58. ISSN 1369-8575 .
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In this article, the ways in which diaries can be used as narratives of risk are explored. It is noted that unsolicited diaries appear to be an especially valuable resource for researchers who wish to explore the nature of suffering. They also provide a way of avoiding some of the moral dilemmas created when researchers solicit narratives of suffering and represent accounts which contextualize suffering within a personal biography. Such texts provide a mechanism for accessing not only contemporary accounts of suffering but also accounts from previous generations thus allowing researchers to explore the ways in which narratives of suffering have developed over time. These points are illustrated via an analysis of stroke survivors' accounts of their stroke and the traumatic experience of knowing themselves to be under threat and at risk of dying.
|Uncontrolled keywords:||Diaries, interviews, text, suffering, risk, stroke, stroke survivors|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies|
|Depositing User:||Paula Loader|
|Date Deposited:||30 Jun 2008 15:02|
|Last Modified:||14 Jan 2010 14:12|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/3570 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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