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Ironside2018
BibType ARTICLE
Key Ironside2018
Author(s) Rachael Ironside
Title Feeling spirits: sharing subjective paranormal experience through embodied talk and action
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Tag(s) EMCA, embodied action, collective experience, conversation analysis, paranormal, social interaction, Gesture
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Year 2018
Language English
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Journal Text & Talk - An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language, Discourse Communication Studies
Volume 38
Number 6
Pages 705-728
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DOI https://doi.org/10.1515/text-2018-0020
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Abstract

This article examines how subjective paranormal experiences are shared and understood through embodied talk and action. Paranormal experiences often possess subjective qualities, regularly experienced as “senses” or “feelings”; however, the ability to share these experiences collectively provides the opportunity to validate such events. Drawing upon video data selected from over 100 hours of recorded footage during UK-based paranormal investigations, this study uses conversation analysis to examine how individuals communicate their experiences to others and through this evoke a way of understanding their experience as potentially paranormal. It is argued that embodied talk and action invite others to not only see the subjective paranormal experiences of others, but to understand and become co-experiencers in these events.

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