1st Edition

Bodies and Suffering Emotions and Relations of Care

By Ana Dragojlovic, Alex Broom Copyright 2018
    172 Pages
    by Routledge

    172 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book is a critical response to a range of problems – some theoretical, others empirical – that shape questions surrounding the lived experience of suffering. It explores how moral and ethical questions of personal suffering are experienced, contested, negotiated and institutionalised. Bodies and Suffering investigates the moral labour and significance invested in actions to care for others, or in failing to do so. It also explores circumstances – personal, political and social – under which that which is perceived as non-moral becomes moral.

    Drawing on case studies and empirical research, Bodies and Suffering examines the idea of the suffering body across different cultures and contexts and the experience and treatment of these suffering bodies. The book draws on theories of affect, embodiment, the phenomenology of illness and moralities of care, to produce a nuanced understanding of suffering as being located across the assumed borders of time, space, bodies, persons and things.

    Suitable for bioethicists, medical anthropologists, health sociologists and body studies scholars, Bodies and Suffering will also be of use on health science courses as essential reading on suffering bodies, mental health and morality and ethics issues.

    Introduction: Bodies and Suffering: Affect, Emotions and Relations of Care

    Part I: Suffering, Bodies and Disease

    Chapter One: Who’s suffering? Professional care and private suffering

    Chapter Two: A labour of love? Suffering in relation in informal care for the dying

    Part II: Suffering, the Lived Body and Mobility

    Chapter Three: The Practice of Secrecy as a Moral Economy of Care: Affect, Fragility and Intergenerational Suffering

    Chapter Four: Racialisation and Othering as Everyday Harm: Embodiment, Adoption, Affect

    Part III: Sites of Care, Self-help and Coping with Suffering

    Chapter Five: Practice of Radical Affectivity: Evoking Suffering as a Healing Modality

    Chapter Six: Suffering survivorship: Dilemmas of survival, wilful subjects, and the moral economy of dying

    Conclusion: Suffering and Caring Assemblages


    Ana Dragojlovic is a Lecturer in Gender Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

    Alex Broom is Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences, and in the Practical Justice Initiative, UNSW Australia.