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Unpacking Parental Violence in Narratives: Agency, Guilt, and Pedagogy in Narratives about Traumatic Interpersonal Experiences

  • This article deals with narratives of traumatic experiences of parental violence in childhood, told by adult narrators in the context of clinical adult attachment interviews. The study rests on a corpus of interviews with 20 patients suffering from fibromyalgia, who were interviewed in the context of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Nine of the patients reported repeated experiences of parental violence. The article focuses on extracts from two interviews, which provide for a maximal contrast concerning the practices of telling experiences of violence and which are ‘clear cases’ of the practices that are characteristic of the whole corpus. The main differences between the different ways of telling concern: • With respect to the ascription of guilt and responsibility, parental violence is portrayed as legitimate pedagogic action versus as being evil-minded and guilty without rational justification. • With respect to the process of the telling, we find narrative trajectories over which an initial vague gloss is increasingly unpacked by reports of highly violent actions versus narratives in which violence is overtly stated and morally ascribed from its very first mention.

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Author:Arnulf DeppermannORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Applied Linguistics
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Place of publication:Oxford
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2020
Date of Publication (online):2020/06/15
GND Keyword:Dynamische Psychotherapie; Eltern; Kindesmisshandlung; Konversationsanalyse; Psychisches Trauma
First Page:428
Last Page:451
This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in "Applied Linguistics" following peer review. The version of record [07 June 2020] is available online at: 
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Gesprächsforschung / Gesprochene Sprache
Linguistics-Classification:Psycholinguistik / Kognitive Linguistik
Licence (German):Es gilt das UrhG