Communicating Health and Illness

Communicating Health and Illness

by Richard Gwyn
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0761964746

ISBN-13: 9780761964742

Pub. Date: 12/18/2001

Publisher: SAGE Publications

In this book Richard Gwyn demonstrates the centrality of discourse analysis to an understanding of health and communication. Focusing on language and communication issues he demonstrates that it is possible to observe and analyze patterns in the ways in which health and illness are represented and articulated by both health professionals and lay

Overview

In this book Richard Gwyn demonstrates the centrality of discourse analysis to an understanding of health and communication. Focusing on language and communication issues he demonstrates that it is possible to observe and analyze patterns in the ways in which health and illness are represented and articulated by both health professionals and lay people.

Communicating Health and Illness:

· Explores culturally validated notions of health and sickness and the medicalization of illness

· Surveys media representations of health and illness

· Considers the metaphoric nature of talk about illness

· Contributes to the ongoing debate in relation to narrative based medicine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761964742
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
12/18/2001
Pages:
182
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Body, Disease and Discourse
'Lay' Talk about Illness
Power, Asymmetry and Decision-Making in Medical Encounters
The Media, Expert Opinion and Health Scares
Metaphors of Sickness and Recovery
Narrative and the Voicing of Illness
Conclusion

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