A tension in medical anthropology, as an interdisciplinary field, exists between those polar territories of the logicand therefore grammarsof a positivistscientific stance of biomedicine and a literaryphilosophical one used to represent experience. Taking up literary-philosophical and existential perspectives from anthropology proper, I draw on an ethnographic study of a sensory-integrationbased clinic to propose that imaginative practices are one arena where such tension can be worked out. Enacted narratives, as a method, reveal how imaginative practices foreground the ways in which desire and hope are integral to healing.Kenneth Burke's (1969)theory of dramatism, particularly his scene: act ratio, provides an analytic lens to examine the imaginary play of a singular session between a child with autism and an occupational therapist. Further, an interpretive frame that tacks between the positivistbiomedical and literaryphilosophical discourses excavates how making scenes is integral to a healing of belonging and its embodiment.
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