SMITH, B. and SPARKES, A.C., 2011. Exploring multiple responses to a chaos narrative. Health, 15(1), pp.38-53.
Narratives do things. This performative aspect of narrative includes calling on people
for a response. This article explores the responses we have witnessed to a chaos
narrative told to us by a disabled man that we then shared with different audiences
over time. The following four types of response were identified: depression-therapy
restitution stories; breakthrough restitution stories; social model stories; and solace
stories. Each kind of response is focused on in detail, and their potentials and limitations
are considered. The article does not promote one response over another, or seek the
last word on the four responses, as the intention is to generate dialogue rather than
to finalize. Future possibilities regarding narrative research and responding to stories
are also considered.