Worlds of Illness: Biographical and Cultural Perspectives on Health and Disease / Edition 1

Worlds of Illness: Biographical and Cultural Perspectives on Health and Disease / Edition 1

by Alan Radley
     
 

In recent years the study of illness as experienced by patients has emerged as an approach to understanding sickness. Descriptions of the everyday situations of people with particular diseases, provide a commentary upon the nature of symptoms and upon the relation of the body to society. This approach stresses the biographical and cultural contexts in which illness

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In recent years the study of illness as experienced by patients has emerged as an approach to understanding sickness. Descriptions of the everyday situations of people with particular diseases, provide a commentary upon the nature of symptoms and upon the relation of the body to society. This approach stresses the biographical and cultural contexts in which illness arises and is borne by individuals and those who care for them. It emphasises the need to understand illness in terms of the patients own interpretation, of its onset, the course of its progress and the potential of the treatment for the condition.
Worlds of Illness examines people's experience of illness and their understanding of what it means to be healthy. The contributors are the first to offer this biographic and cultural approach in one volume, redefining the perspective further and drawing attention to its potential for questioning theoretical assumptions about health and illness.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415131520
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/22/1995
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
List of contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1Constructing discourses about health and their social determinants9
2Social class and the contextualization of illness experience27
3Attitude of mind as a means of resisting illness49
4Religion and illness71
5Chronic illness and the pursuit of virtue in everyday life92
6The role of metaphor in adjustment to chronic illness109
7Why do the victims blame themselves?124
8Towards the reconstruction of an organic mental disorder143
9The world of illness of the closed head injured161
10On knowing the patient: experiences of nurses undertaking care179
Name index198
Subject index203

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