‘All googled out on suicide’: making collective biographies out of silent fragments with the ‘Unassuming Geeks’

J Speedy, Geeks the Unassuming

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Abstract

This article reprises and extends previous work co-authored by a middle-aged, female scholar/ narrative therapist and a group of young men. Those young men, who described themselves collectively as the ‘unassuming geeks’ had all spent some time in their lives seriously considering suicide. This paper focuses on the moment ten years later, when the same group met together to mourn the loss of one of their members. This text articulates the collective witnessing and writing practice the group used and employs devices borrowed from ancient Greek theatre, together with fictionalised accounts, in an attempt to cultivate a ‘poetics of insufficiency’ and disrupt notions of authenticity within ‘voices’. In looking back to what was silent/silenced and unsaid in previous work, the edges between therapy, research and writing are blurred and troubled. Ongoing mutuality and accountability is considered.
Translated title of the contribution‘All googled out on suicide’: making collective biographies out of silent fragments with the ‘Unassuming Geeks’
Original languageEnglish
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Volume17
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Bibliographical note

Publisher: Sage
Other: The Unassuming Geeks are a group of men, now aged between 28 and 36 who were at one time in their lives all either students or residents in Bristol, UK. They originally came up with the collective pseudonym ‘Unassuming Geeks’ as a way of protecting their families and preserving anonymity

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