Feeling spirits: sharing subjective paranormal experience through embodied talk and action.
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IRONSIDE, R. 2018. Feeling spirits: sharing subjective paranormal experience through embodied talk and action. Text and talk [online], 38(6), pages 705-728. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1515/text-2018-0020
This article examines how subjective paranormal experiences are shared and understood through embodied talk and action. Paranormal experiences often possess subjective qualities, regularly experienced as 'senses' or 'feelings'; however, the ability to share these experiences collectively provides the opportunity to validate such events. Drawing upon video data selected from over 100 hours of recorded footage during UK-based paranormal investigations, this study uses conversation analysis to examine how individuals communicate their experiences to others and through this evoke a way of understanding their experience as potentially paranormal. It is argued that embodied talk and action invite others to not only see the subjective paranormal experiences of others, but to understand and become co-experiencers in these events.