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'We all had an experience in there together':a discursive psychological analysis of collaborative paranormal accounts by paranormal investigation team members

Childs, Carrie and Murray, Craig (2010) 'We all had an experience in there together':a discursive psychological analysis of collaborative paranormal accounts by paranormal investigation team members. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 7 (1). pp. 21-33. ISSN 1478-0895

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Abstract

This is a study of the verbal accounts of paranormal investigators. The focus of analysis is upon the rhetorical organization of event descriptions in ways that establish the factual status of reports in order to highlight the inherent problems associated with current understandings of reports of spontaneous cases. Drawing upon a corpus of interviews conducted with six investigation group members, analysis was conducted using discursive psychology, in particular the rhetorical approach, with an examination of the ways in which accounts were presented and the interactional consequences of describing events in particular ways. Analysis revealed how speakers worked to imply the paranormal status of events while avoiding explicitly labelling experiences as “paranormal.” By focussing upon the production of event descriptions, the construction of intersubjectivity and the importance of the context in which accounts are elicited, the current work has implications for the way in which parapsychologists currently utilize and understand accounts of spontaneous cases.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Qualitative Research in Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: accounts ; collaborative ; discourse analysis ; discursive psychology ; memory ; paranormal
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 57313
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 15 Aug 2012 16:14
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2014 10:00
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/57313

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