Metaphors in narratives about diabetes: cross-cultural differences and similarities

Lead Research Organisation: King's College London
Department Name: Education and Professional Studies


The project objective is to analyse how people with type 2 diabetes metaphorically talk about their experience with their illness. The research will investigate whether cultural/linguistic differences can motivate and account for different metaphor use by collecting and comparing Italian and English data. The study will look at metaphors in speech (and potentially also gestures).

A purposive sample of Italian and English adults with type 2 diabetes will be used for this research. English participants will be recruited from the South London Diabetes cohort (SOUL-D). Participants will be selected with similar socio-cultural background and living in urban areas.
Video-recorded semi-structured interviews will be held online and subsequently transcribed. The Metaphor Identification Procedure will be used to isolate linguistic metaphors. A qualitative integrated analysis of metaphors will be carried out, featuring a thematic approach. Recruitment of Italian participants is currently under discussion with colleagues at King's who have links with suitable gatekeepers in Rome.


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