Aftershocks: Sense and nonsense making in a disorganized narrative

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Henson, D. F. (2011). Aftershocks: Sense and nonsense making in a disorganized narrative. Qualitative inquiry, 17(9), 819-823.

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2011 HERDC submission. FoR code: 130302

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A disorganized narrative in both form and content, this article presents the storying and restorying of distant witness experience in the wake of recent natural disaster. A layered, fractured text; the writing blurs the lines between sense and nonsense making, self and other. Presenting the notion of verbal rumination as a theoretical method: This repetitive, ruminative narrative plays with the warm fuzzy and sometimes cold and prickly consequences of interpersonal storying. The resultant piece reflects a psychography of sorts, and seeks to make sense of the nonsensical, to organize the disorganized, to reconcile the irreconcilable. As with all natural disasters, it is a work in progress. My own little earthquake.

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