Diaries as a source of suffering narratives: A critical commentary

Alaszewski, Andy (2006) Diaries as a source of suffering narratives: A critical commentary. Health, Risk & Society, 8 (1). pp. 43-58. ISSN 1369-8575. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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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.

Item Type: Article
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: 24 Apr 2014 10:45
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/3570 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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