Narrating embodied experience: sharing stories of trauma and recovery

Carless, David and Douglas, Kitrina (2015) Narrating embodied experience: sharing stories of trauma and recovery. Sport Education & Society, 21 (1). pp. 47-61. ISSN 1357-3322

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In this paper we explore our use of a dialogical storytelling approach to alleviate some of the tensions involved in researching another person’s embodied experience. These tensions concern the problems of (a) how to access another’s embodied experience, and (b) how to representthat experience. We consider these issues through sharing creative nonfiction stories, alongside theoretical reflections, drawn from our research into the meaning and value of an adapted sport and inclusive adventurous training course for military personnel who have experienced serious injury and/or trauma. In terms of accessing another’s embodied experience, we observe how co-experiencedphysical movement seemed to allow taboo tales to be shared. In moments like these there is a sense of ‘doing together’ that supportsstory sharing –embodied interaction is the medium that allows it to happen. We suggest that evocative stories of personal embodied experience areunlikely to beshared orwitnessed withoutan immersive embodied interaction. In terms of representation, we proposethat faithfulportrayalsof embodied experience are most likely to be achieved through particular writing strategies. Because another’s embodied experience can only be glimpsed tangentially, through a physical-emotionalsensibility, it needs to be evoked, implied or rendered through aestheticforms.We have found storytelling to be one way of writing that allows us toexpress and communicate complex and sometimesambiguous forms of embodied knowledge, understanding andwisdom thatwemay not yet have fully grasped ourselves.Keywords: adapted sport, adventurous training, creative non-fiction, fieldwork, military, narrative, representation, story, trauma

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1080/13573322.2015.1066769
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sport Education & Society on 15 December 2015, available online:
Keywords: Adapted Sport, Adventurous Training, Creative Non-fiction, Fieldwork, Military, Narrative, Representation, Story, Trauma
Subjects: Education
Social sciences
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Depositing User: Kitrina Douglas
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2020 18:08
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 16:02


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