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Feeling spirits: sharing subjective paranormal experience through embodied talk and action.

Ironside, Rachael

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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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 30, 2018
Journal Text and talk
Print ISSN 1860-7330
Electronic ISSN 1860-7349
Publisher De Gruyter Open
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 38
Issue 6
Pages 705-728
Institution Citation IRONSIDE, R. 2018. Feeling spirits: sharing subjective paranormal experience through embodied talk and action. Text and talk [online], 38(6), pages 705-728. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1515/text-2018-0020
DOI https://doi.org/10.1515/text-2018-0020
Keywords Embodied action; Collective experience; Conversation analysis; Paranormal; Social interaction; Gesture

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