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Title: Grappling with grey : stories and conversations questioning the interpretation of a woman's distress
Author: O'Connor, Anne
ISNI:       0000 0004 2738 9108
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2012
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This narrative inquiry focuses on the experiences of a fictitious woman called Eimear Brennan. Growing up in suburban Dublin during the 1950s, she realises early on in life that there is not much space for her curiosity and exuberance and she is compelled to develop her own strategies in order to make her world safe. In her 30s she is initially relieved to have her mental distress diagnosed as Borderline Personality Disorder, but she discovers that there are disadvantages to an acceptance of structural interpretations and labels. Through our imagined conversations together, Eimear and I begin to explore other possible understandings. Drawing on psychological, feminist and post-structural theories, we eo-research alternative explanations. Avoiding the danger of being immobilised by social analysis, some options for relieving distress are suggested. Different representations are placed alongside each other here. Stories of Eimear's life, the conversations we engage in and academic texts are disrupted and connected by interludes which include poems, photographs, drawings and reflections. They are all presented as a fictitious yet truthful account of one imagined person's experiences of mental distress.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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