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Pictorial and spatial metaphor in the drawings of a culturally diverse group of women with fertility problems

El Refaie, Elisabeth ORCID:, Payson, Alida ORCID:, Bliesemann de Guevara, Berit and Gameiro, Sofia ORCID: 2020. Pictorial and spatial metaphor in the drawings of a culturally diverse group of women with fertility problems. Visual Communication 19 (2) , pp. 257-280. 10.1177/1470357218784622

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Metaphor has been shown to be pervasive in the way people talk and write about a whole range of diseases, including infertility. Indeed, some of the most conventional of these metaphorical expressions have become so entrenched in particular discourse communities that they are used unconsciously and automatically, even by people who do not, in fact, agree with their underlying ideological implications. As the authors argue in this article, eliciting visual metaphors in the form of drawings may reveal the meaning-making processes of individuals in a way that more richly reflects their unique experiences, including those that challenge or disrupt dominant cultural models. Based on an analysis of drawings created by a group of women in Wales from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds, the authors show the importance of taking into account both explicit pictorial metaphors and any metaphorical meanings suggested by spatial composition, as well as the specific socio-cultural context in which they were created.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 1470-3572
Funders: Welsh Crucible
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 July 2018
Date of Acceptance: 15 May 2018
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 21:25

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