Photo stories, ricoeur, and experiences from practice: A hermeneutic dialogue

J. E. Sitvast, T. A. Abma, G. A.M. Widdershoven, H. H.G.M. Lendemeijer

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The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how a particular narrative approach in nursing, namely the photo instrument can be connected with Ricoeur's hermeneutic philosophy. Ricoeur's concept of mimesis, when supplemented with the concept of performance, is shown relevant for understanding how patients construct and reformulate meaning in illness experiences. A single-case study is presented for a tentative exploration of how the key concepts of mimesis and performance can broaden our understanding of practice. More specifically it concerned the use of photographs in a group with psychiatric patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-279
Number of pages12
JournalAdvances in Nursing science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2008


  • Mimesis
  • Narrative
  • Nursing
  • Performance
  • Photo instrument
  • Psychiatry
  • Ricoeur
  • Suffering

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