Imagined constructed thought: how staff interpret the behaviour of patients with intellectual disabilities

Webb, Joseph C. and Pilnick, Alison and Clegg, Jennifer (2018) Imagined constructed thought: how staff interpret the behaviour of patients with intellectual disabilities. Research on Language and Social Interaction . ISSN 1532-7973 (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper examines ‘imagined constructed thought’: speakers giving voice to the inner world of a non-present other. Drawing on 9 hours of video footage of health-care staff discussing patients with intellectual disabilities during Discovery Awareness sessions, we explored times when the staff presented a possible version of a patient's thoughts. They used those versions to take a stance on the patient’s inner world, often as a bridge between description of objectively observable phenomena and subjective interpretation of its meaning. It also projected staff's own stance on what the patient was thinking, both in first-position descriptions, and as a competitive resource in those given in second position. The findings suggest that presenting the patients' thoughts from a first-person perspective can be a versatile way of enacting a variety of complex epistemic and empathic actions in this setting. Data are in English.

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Social Policy
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2018 10:18
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2018 09:41
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/50718

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