Embodied interpretation: A novel way of evocatively re-presenting meanings in phenomenological research

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Authors: Todres, L. and Galvin, K.T.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468794108094866

Journal: Qualitative Research

Volume: 8

Pages: 568-583

ISSN: 1468-7941

DOI: 10.1177/1468794108094866

This article contributes to a growing trend in articulating an aesthetic phenomenology that exercises more evocative and poetic forms of writing. Our task is to give ontological weight to our common humanity, thereby facilitating experiences of recognition and `homecoming'. This developing trend could benefit from Gendlin's philosophy of the body and his practice of `focusing', which finds words that carry forward the textural dimensions of experience. We apply this practice of embodied interpretation to research about caring for a lifelong partner with Alzheimer's disease. We conclude that the value of embodied interpretation is that it serves the kind of knowledge that is particularly important in human sciences — it provides understandings that live in ways that touch both `head' and `heart'.

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Authors: Todres, L. and Galvin, K.T.

Journal: Qualitative Research

Volume: 8

Issue: 5

Pages: 568-583

eISSN: 1741-3109

ISSN: 1468-7941

DOI: 10.1177/1468794108094866

This article contributes to a growing trend in articulating an aesthetic phenomenology that exercises more evocative and poetic forms of writing. Our task is to give ontological weight to our common humanity, thereby facilitating experiences of recognition and 'homecoming'. This developing trend could benefit from Gendlin's philosophy of the body and his practice of 'focusing', which finds words that carry forward the textural dimensions of experience. We apply this practice of embodied interpretation to research about caring for a lifelong partner with Alzheimer's disease. We conclude that the value of embodied interpretation is that it serves the kind of knowledge that is particularly important in human sciences - it provides understandings that live in ways that touch both 'head' and 'heart'. © 2008 SAGE Publications.

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Authors: Todres, L. and Galvin, K.T.

Journal: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

Volume: 8

Issue: 5

Pages: 568-583

eISSN: 1741-3109

ISSN: 1468-7941

DOI: 10.1177/1468794108094866

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