This study focuses upon the importance of group narrative work by ill and injured individuals who are participants/listeners/viewers in the reciprocity of testifying and witnessing one another’s stories. Their creative collaboration addresses a transformation of self that is engendered by illness and injury. An emphasis on narrative within a group setting offers tools to validate individual autonomy, build collective strength, and assist those in the group to gather momentum for the journeys that await each of them. The rationale and exercises described serve to complement and enhance traditional modes of healing.
I am grateful to Sue Ann Martin, Caroline Kramer, Karen Gordon, and Ron Primeau for their thoughtful critiques on an earlier version of this chapter. I thank Tammy Griffin for dialogues on health and wellness and am especially appreciative of Gil Richard Musolf’s careful reading of this revision.
Taft-Kaufman, J. (2017), "Transforming Identities of Illness Through Aesthetic Narrative Collaboration", Oppression and Resistance (Studies in Symbolic Interaction, Vol. 48), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 69-94. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0163-239620170000048007Download as .RIS
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