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Storytelling in dementia: Embodiment as a resource
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Health and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3033-9879
2013 (English)In: Dementia, ISSN 1471-3012, E-ISSN 1741-2684, Vol. 12, no 3, 359-367 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In narrative research about persons with dementia, much research focuses on individual storytellers and their stories often stressing the discursive or textual aspects of stories. As persons with Alzheimer’s disease generally have difficulties in telling stories according to often implicit narrative norms, they may appear to be less competent and agentive than what is actually the case. In the article, I argue for a change of focus from the textual aspects of narratives and the story as a product, to a focus on performative aspects and the embodied aspects of storytelling. A focus on the storytelling activity implies a change from the individual storyteller to the interaction with other participants in the storytelling situation. Drawing on two particular cases of storytelling, I stress the collaborative and embodied aspects of storytelling and argue that embodiment is less an individual expressive phenomenon than it is an interactive resource. 

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Sage Publications, 2013. Vol. 12, no 3, 359-367 p.
Keyword [en]
dementia, embodiment, narrative, performance, storytelling
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Applied Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-92386DOI: 10.1177/1471301213476290OAI: diva2:620679
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, M10-0187:1
Available from: 2013-05-10 Created: 2013-05-10 Last updated: 2013-09-04Bibliographically approved

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