Defining Moments…Telling Stories to Foster Well-being, Humanize Healthcare, and Advocate for Change

Lynn M. Harter, Laura L. Ellingson, Jill Yamasaki, Courtney Hook, Taylor Walker

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Abstract

Health Communication launched the “Defining Moments” forum in 2009 to showcase the social and material power of storytelling. On its 10-year anniversary, we take stock of how authors have enacted “Defining Moments” including what was narrated, by whom, and why. In eight loosely coupled thematic clusters, we revisit the more than 75 published essays to date, finding value in ways that speak to the emerging and enduring issues of concern for health communication scholars. Across the essays, the maturation of health narrative theorizing is revealed by the sheer scope of topics addressed, coupled with the expanded voices and ways of voicing experience. Collectively, these essays have enlarged academic conventions and offered diverse entry points for refiguring the experience of illness and well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-267
Number of pages6
JournalHealth Communication
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 28 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication

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