Contesting Illness: Processes and Practices / Edition 2

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The relationship between power and illness is the subject of limited discussion despite it being one of the most important issues in health-related policies and services. In an effort to correct this, Contesting Illness engages critically with processes through which the meanings and effects of illness shape and are shaped by specific sets of practices. Featuring original contributions by researchers working in a number of disciplines, this collection examines intersections of power, contestation, and illness with the aid of various critical theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches.

The contributors explore experiences of illness, diagnosis, and treatment, and analyse wider discursive and policy contexts within which people become ill and engage with health care systems. Though each essay is unique in its approach, they are linked together by a shared focus on contestation as a conceptual tool in considering the relationship between power and illness. Rather than focus on a single example, the contributors address different contested illnesses (chronic fatigue syndrome and environmental illness, for instance) as well as the contested dimensions of illnesses that are accepted as legitimate such as cancer and autism. Contesting Illness offers valuable insights into the assumptions, practices, and interactions that shape illness in the twenty-first century.

Jan Angus
Pia H. B├╝low
Peter Conrad
Joyce Davidson
Helen Gremillion
Maren Klawiter
Joshua Kelley
Steve Kroll-Smith
Katherine Lippel
Pamela Moss
Michael Orsini
Michael J. Prince
Annie Potts
Mary Ellen Purkis
Sharon Dale Stone
Cheryl Stults
Katherine Teghtsoonian
Jane M. Ussher
Catherine van Mossel

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Editorial Reviews

Susan Philpin
'This eclectic collection of seventeen provocative and challenging essays adds to the burgeoning literature concerning the ways in which power relations constitute people's experiences and interpretations of illness or disability in industrialized Western societies... The volume is refreshing and innovative in its multidisciplinary approach.'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802093653
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 2/16/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.23 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Moss is a professor in the Studies in Policy and Practice program at the University of Victoria.

Katherine Teghtsoonian is an associate professor in the Studies in Policy and Practice program at the University of Victoria.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Contributors     xiii
Power and Illness: Authority, Bodies, and Context   Pamela Moss   Katherine Teghtsoonian     3
Claiming a Disability Benefit as Contesting Social Citizenship   Michael J. Prince     28
Workers' Compensation and Controversial Illnesses   Katherine Lippel     47
Managing Workplace Depression: Contesting the Contours of Emerging Policy in the Workplace   Katherine Teghtsoonian     69
Contesting Coronary Candidacy: Reframing Risk Modification in Coronary Heart Disease   Jan Angus     90
Hepatitis C and the Dawn of Biological Citizenship: Unravelling the Policy Implications   Michael Orsini     107
Tracing Contours of Contestation in Narratives about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome   Pia H. Bulow     123
Cancer as a Contested Illness: Seeking Help amid Treatment   Mary Ellen Purkis   Catherine Van Mossel     142
Edging Embodiment and Embodying Categories: Reading Bodies Marked with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis as a Contested Illness   Pamela Moss     158
Managing the Monstrous Feminine: The Role of Premenstrual Syndrome in the Subjectification of Women   Jane M. Ussher     181
Resisting an Illness Label: Disability,Impairment, and Illness   Sharon Dale Stone     201
The Race and Class Politics of Anorexia Nervosa: Unravelling White, Middle-Class Standards in Representations of Eating Problems   Helen Gremillion     218
'More Labels Than a Jam Jar': The Gendered Dynamics of Diagnosis for Girls and Women with Autism   Joyce Davidson     239
The Female Sexual Dysfunction Debate: Different 'Problems,' New Drugs - More Pressures?   Annie Potts     259
Moving from Settled to Contested: Transformations in the Anatomo-Politics of Breast Cancer, 1970-1990   Maren Klawiter     281
Environments, Bodies, and the Cultural Imaginary: Imagining Ecological Impairment   Steve Kroll-Smith   Joshua Kelley     304
Contestation and Medicalization   Peter Conrad   Cheryl Stults     323
Index     337
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