Who the hell was that? Stories, bodies and actions in the world

David Carless*

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This article explores a two-way relationship between stories and the experiential actions of bodies in the world. Through an autoethnographic approach, the article presents a series of interlinked story fragments in an effort to show and evoke a feel for the ways in which stories, bodies, and actions influence and shape each other over time. It offers some reflections on the experiences the stories portray from the perspective of a social constructionist conception of narrative theory and suggest that while stories exert a powerful influence on the actions of our bodies, our bodies intrude on or ‘talk back’ to this process because bodies have an existence beyond stories.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-344
Number of pages13
JournalQualitative Research in Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • autoethnography
  • bisexual
  • embodiment
  • gay
  • identity
  • narrative
  • story


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