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December 2021

Creating locales through storytelling: An ethnography of a group home for men with mental retardation

Journal/Book: West J Comm. 1999; 63: Univ Utah, Communication Dept, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA. Western States Communication Assoc. 329-347.

Abstract: This study examines the relationship among space, identity, and storytelling in a group home for men with mental retardation. Using participant observation, interviews, and analysis of relevant documents, the author explains how residents use a particular type of narrative performance-''localized tellings''-to create ''locales'' within which they resist the constraining factors in the group home and to reassert their agency and individual identities.

Note: Article Croft SE, Capital Univ, Dept Commun, Columbus,OH 43209 USA

Keyword(s): SELF-REGULATION; ORGANIZATION; STANDARDS; SERVICES; QUALITY


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