Narratives as borders: Using an adapted narrative approach to understand the retelling of the physical narratives of trauma by karen women with refugee status resettled in the United States

Sarah J. Hoffman, Maria M. Vukovich, Cynthia Peden-McAlpine, Cheryl L. Robertson, Kristin Wilk, Grey Wiebe, Joseph E. Gaugler

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Abstract

The refugee narrative spans time, geography, and generations, enfolding the complexity of constructing identities through displacement and migration. Through adapted narrative analysis, we examined the physical narratives of war trauma which a sample of Karen refugee women constructed, as they claimed their experiences of war trauma and torture in interview discussions. We employed an adapted narrative method relevant to the analysis of field texts to interpret the remembering and retelling of trauma narratives. This method helped to elicit positional identities and physical/sensory memories that were prominent in women’s experiences and to contextualized concurrently collected quantitative data. Accounts revealed key constructs relevant to the narrative function and orientation of the narratives: remembering childhood, being a mother, embodiment of trauma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)238-253
Number of pages16
JournalAdvances in Nursing Science
Volume44
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 17 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Research reported in this publication was supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number K12HD055887. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © 2021 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Burma
  • Health
  • Karen refugee
  • Mother
  • Trauma
  • War
  • Women

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

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