Chronic Conditions, Fluid States: Chronicity and the Anthropology of Illness

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Chronic Conditions, Fluid States explores the uneven impact of chronic illness and disability on individuals, families, and communities in diverse local and global settings. To date, much of the social as well as biomedical research has treated the experience of illness and the challenges of disease control and management as segmented and episodic. Breaking new ground in medical anthropology by challenging the chronic/acute divide in illness and disease, the editors, along with a group of rising scholars and some of the most influential minds in the field, address the concept of chronicity, an idea used to explain individual and local life-worlds, question public health discourse, and consider the relationship between health and the globalizing forces that shape it.

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Editorial Reviews

Columbia University, Editor-in-Chief, Global Public Health - Richard Parker

"A major collection of essays from leaders in the field of medical anthropology, Chronic Conditions, Fluid States pays much-needed attention to one of the greatest challenges currently faced by both the wealthiest and poorest of nations. For anyone wishing to think critically about chronic illness in cross-cultural perspective, the social forces shaping this issue, and its impact on the lived experiences of people worldwide, there is no better place to start than this pioneering volume."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813547473
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 5/6/2010
  • Series: Studies in Medical Anthropology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

LENORE MANDERSON is a research professor with appointments in the faculties of medicine, nursing and health sciences, and arts at Monash University, Australia. Her books include Global Health Policy, Local Realities and Rethinking Wellbeing.

CAROLYN SMITH-MORRIS is an associate professor in the department of anthropology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She is the author of Diabetes among the Pima: Stories of Survival.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: Chronicity and the Experience of Illness Lenore Manderson Carolyn Smith-Morris 1

Part 1 The Idea of Chronicity

1 The Chronicity of Life, the Acuteness of Diagnosis Carolyn Smith-Morris 21

2 Globalizing the Chronicities of Modernity: Diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome Dennis Wiedman 38

3 Is "Chronicity" Inevitable for Psychotic Illness?: Studying Heterogeneity in the Course of Schizophrenia in Yogyakarta, Indonesia Byron J. Good Carla Raymondalexis Marchira Nida ul Hasanat Muhana Sofiati Utami Subandi 54

Part 2 Gender and the Experience of Illness

4 Male Infertility, Chronicity, and the Plight of Palestinian Men in Israel and Lebanon Marcia C. Inhorn Daphna Birenbaum-Carmeli 77

5 "Half a Woman": Embodied Disruptions and Ideas of Gender among Australian Women Lenore Manderson 96

6 Ecuadorian Women's Narratives of Lupus, Suffering, and Vulnerability Ann Miles 113

7 Why Women Don't Die in Childbirth: Maternal Survivorship in Badakhshan, Tajikistan Kylea Laina Liese 131

Part 3 The Clinical Interface

8 Chronic Illness and the Assemblages of Time in Multisited Encounters Steve Ferzacca 157

9 Chronicity and AIDS in Three South African Communities Carl Kendall Zelee Hill 175

10 Disability and Dysappearance: Negotiating Physical and Social Risk with Cystic Fibrosis Ron Maynard 195

11 Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs: "Once We Got There, It Was Fine" Elisa J. Sobo 212

12 Chronic Conditions, Health, and Well-Being in Global Contexts: Occupational Therapy in Conversation with Critical Medical Anthropology Gelya Frank Carolyn Baum Mary Law 230

Afterword: Chronicity-Time, Space, and Culture Arthur Kleinman Rachel Hall-Clifford 247

Bibliography 253

Contributors 309

Index 315

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