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Going unscripted: A call to critically engage storytelling methods and methodologies in geography and the medical-health sciences

January 2017

Going unscripted: A call to critically engage storytelling methods and methodologies in geography and the medical-health sciences
Going unscripted:
A call to critically engage storytelling
methods and methodologies in geography
and the medical-health sciences

In this paper the authors explore the histories of humanities in both geography and the medical-health sciences, especially medicine: they argue the two disciplines have much to learn from each other’s engagement and work with the humanities. Focusing on the increasing use of narrative and storytelling in both disciplines, the authors argue that deployment of humanities-based frameworks and impulses must not be taken up without careful and critical analytical reflection. Finally, they ground their theoretical explorations with empirical examples from recent community-based work about the risks and benefits of storytelling and visual arts when looking at the health geographies of Indigenous and settler peoples in Northern British Columbia.

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