The journeying body: narratives of women who have experienced the transition from disconnection to connection with their body

Keating, Deidre (2016) The journeying body: narratives of women who have experienced the transition from disconnection to connection with their body. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This inquiry centers on the movements of the journeying body in its transition between, across, and through experiences of disconnection and connection. Supported by a hermeneutic framework, this study explores the key constructs of disconnection, connection, and transition in the context of the lived body experiences of six women. Of particular interest are the ways in which the women choose to describe or frame their bodily journeys, the multi-layered impacts of such journeys on their identities, relationships, and selves, and the nuanced meanings that they create from the totality of their dis/embodied experiences. Shared understandings are cultivated across the collectivity of the women’s narratives, offering expansive perspectives of the shifting and evolving experiences of the journeying body. Three central understandings emerge from this inquiry: the emergence of hope, meaning, and empowerment, the fluctuating nature of the body, and the significance of listening to and within the body.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/12463
Item ID: 12463
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-275).
Keywords: body psychotherapy, somatic, body disconnection, body connection, body transitions
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: October 2016
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Mind and body; Women--Psychology; Movement, Psychology of

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