Emergent Narratives

Cheryl Mattingly and Linda C. Garro

in Narrative and the Cultural Construction of Illness and Healing

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780520218246
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935228 | DOI:
Emergent Narratives

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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

Chapter.  12378 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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