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Title: Becoming otherwise : journeying as a method of enquiry into the nature of self and the processes of change
Author: Dolphin, Yvonne Valerie
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2013
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This dissertation entitled , Becoming Otherwise, explores how a transformative storytelling and healing technique preserved by the ancient tradition of shamanism, and commonly known as journeying, can make an original and useful contribution to Narrative and Life Story Research. In positing jouneying as a practice that brings together the art of storytelling, the navigational skills of the shaman, and the practice of meta-cognition, I argue that the process of using this technique allows for illumination of stories known and readily recognised by the existential self as well as of stories that dwell out of sight in a "space-off' I term the imaginal. Proposing that this latter site of story production is equally constitutive of the self, I bring these two aspects of the self - the existential and the imaginal- into dialogue. The resulting amalgam, I term the existential-imaginal soul. Five open-ended questions inform this research: (1) How can the ancient technique of journeying make a contribution to Narrative and Life Story Research? (2) How can , the technique contribute to an understanding of the self? (3) How can the technique contribute to an understanding of the processes of change? (4) How can the technique be demystified and its relevance presented to people in the 21st century? (5) How might the technique be used to further knowledge and contribute to enquiry in science and arts settings? In pursuit of answers to these questions, the technique of journeying becomes both an object of research and a primary research tool within Narrative methodology. Findings are represented in a collection of narratives that bring together autobiographical, autoethnographic, ethnographic, case study, conversational and experimental data that, in their totality, challenge positivist paradigms and represent a radically different way of approaching scholarly enquiry.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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