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Sophie’s story: writing missing journeys

Parr, H; Stevenson, O; (2014) Sophie’s story: writing missing journeys. Cultural Geographies , 21 (4) pp. 565-582. 10.1177/1474474013510111.

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© The Author(s) 2013. ‘Sophie’s story’ is a creative rendition of an interview narrative gathered in a research project on missing people. The paper explains why Sophie’s story was written and details the wider intention to provide new narrative resources for police officer training, families of missing people and returned missing people. We contextualize this cultural intervention with an argument about the transformative potential of writing trauma stories. It is suggested that trauma stories produce difficult and unknown affects, but ones that may provide new ways of talking about unspeakable events. Sophie’s story is thus presented as a hopeful cultural geography in process, and one that seeks to help rewrite existing social scripts about missing people.

Type: Article
Title: Sophie’s story: writing missing journeys
DOI: 10.1177/1474474013510111
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1461454
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