Religion in rewriting the story: Case study of a sexually abused man

R. Ruard Ganzevoort*

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The case study of this article consists of a rigorous structure analysis of a narrative interview with a sexually abused man. Three different (thematic) story lines are distinguished in the interview. Together with specific periods of the life span, persons, and evaluations, these provide insight into the narrative structure, in which the idiosyncratic meanings and functions of religion are found. It is shown that this participant gives religion more than one place and function in his story. The meaning of religion should therefore be seen as a constellation of differentiated meanings in the various story lines. Outlining implications for theories of religious coping and of religion and abuse, the author argues for dynamic multidimensional models. Narrative approaches such as the one used here seem useful to understand the polyphonic nature of life stories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-62
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Phytoremediation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


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