Women, Body, Illness

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This provocative and moving work explores concepts of body and space to better understand the daily lives and struggles of women with chronic illness. Moss and Dyck show how such women—coping with associated notions of illness, health, and being female—restructure their physical and social environments through the strategies they choose to accommodate disabling illnesses such as chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, or rheumatoid arthritis. Strategies might include disclosing or concealing illness from ...

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Overview

This provocative and moving work explores concepts of body and space to better understand the daily lives and struggles of women with chronic illness. Moss and Dyck show how such women—coping with associated notions of illness, health, and being female—restructure their physical and social environments through the strategies they choose to accommodate disabling illnesses such as chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, or rheumatoid arthritis. Strategies might include disclosing or concealing illness from employers and friends; seeking or rejecting emotional support through old friends and new contacts; and pursuing or resisting specific diagnoses from the biomedical community. Featuring a wealth of original research and personal stories, Women, Body, Illness tells the tales of chronically ill women forging networks of support, redefining themselves, and challenging what it is to be ill.

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Editorial Reviews

Metapsychology
In that combination of scholarship and intimacy, this is a surprising book, a welcome and a needed book.
Gill Valentine
This is an exciting book that proposes a radical body politics. The authors combine a critical analysis of women's health with rich empirical material to rethink our embodiment. Written in an imaginative and accessible way, this book makes an important contribution to feminist theory.
Metapsychology Online Reviews
In that combination of scholarship and intimacy, this is a surprising book, a welcome and a needed book.
Wilbert M. Gesler
A unique and original book, Women, Body, Illness is the first attempt on this scale to synthesize women's health issues, feminist theory, spatial approaches, and work on the body. It is much needed and will fill a major gap in the literature on the geography of women's health.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847695447
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 0.54 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Moss is a feminist geographer in the faculty of human and social development at the University of Victoria. Isabel Dyck is a social geographer in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences and a faculty associate in women's studies at the University of British Columbia.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Prologue: Living with Chronic Illness Chapter 2 Setting Out Some Issues Chapter 3 Working through Theories of the Body Chapter 4 Conceptualizing Chronic Illness with Space Chapter 5 Making Sense of Chronic Illness Chapter 6 Approaching Analysis and the "Interpretive Act" Chapter 7 Destabilization of the Material Body: Onset, Diagnosis, Inscription Chapter 8 Limits to the Body: Inscription, Income Issues, Borders Chapter 9 Absence of Presence/ Presence of Absence: Borders, Identity, Everyday Life Chapter 10 Disciplining the Environment through Re-learning the Body: Everyday Life, Minutiae, Daily Living Chapter 11 Connections

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