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Untellable tales and uncertain futures: The unfolding narratives of young adults with cancer

Pearce, Susie, Gibson, Faith, Whelan, Jeremy and Kelly, Daniel (2020) Untellable tales and uncertain futures: The unfolding narratives of young adults with cancer International Journal of Social Research Methodology.

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In this paper, we examine the use of creative methods for understanding the experience of young adults aged between 16 and 30 years over a year following a cancer diagnosis. Exploring the renegotiation of identity, the narrative, longitudinal research design of the study demonstrated the unfolding process of the narrative work between participants and researcher. We used a combination of visual, spoken and reflexive psychosocial approaches to understand emergent narratives, many of which do not always find symbolisation in language. Our methodological approach focused on the difficult and sometimes ‘unspeakable’ nature of the young adults’ narratives, demonstrating the importance of different modes of communication in articulating complicated relations with uncertain futures. In this respect the links between narrative, social action and the imagining of possible futures are precarious. In this paper, we explore how untellable issues were explored, and the challenges of doing so.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Authors :
Pearce, Susie
Whelan, Jeremy
Kelly, Daniel
Date : 3 February 2020
DOI : doi.10.1080/13645579.2020.1719614
Uncontrolled Keywords : Narrative, longitudinal, visual, psychosocial, cancer
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 13 Feb 2020 15:46
Last Modified : 13 Feb 2020 15:51

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