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Health, Illness and Culture

Broken Narratives, 1st Edition

Edited by Lars-Christer Hydén, Jens Brockmeier


190 pages

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This collection of essays examines the interrelations between illness, disability, health, society, and culture. The contributors examine how "narratives" have emerged and been utilized within these areas to help those who have experienced d injury, disability, dementia, pain, grief, or psychological trauma to express their stories. Encompassing clinical case studies, ethnographic field studies and autobiographical case studies, Health, Illness and Culture offers a broad overview and critical analysis of the present state of "illness narratives" within the fields of health and social welfare.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: From the Retold to the Performed Story Lars-Christer Hydén and Jens Brockmeier 2. Language, Experience, and the “Traumatic Gap”: How to Talk About 9/11? Jens Brockmeier 3. Broken and Vicarious Voices in Narratives Lars-Christer Hydén 4. Talking About the Unthinkable: Neurotrauma and the “Catastrophic Reaction” Maria I. Medved & Jens Brockmeier 5. Stories That Are Ready to Break Cheryl Mattingly 6. Globally Distributed Silences, and Broken Narratives about HIV Georg Drakos 7. Taking Care of the Dead: Broken Narratives of Internment Arthur W. Frank 8. “You Have to Ask a Little”: Troublesome Storytelling about Contested Illness Pia Bülow 9. Break-Up Narratives Margareta Hydén 10. Beyond Narrative: Dementia’s Tragic Promise Mark Freeman. Contributors. Index.

About the Editors

Lars-Christer Hydén is Professor of Health Communication at Linköping University, Sweden. His main focus is on the role of narrative in the cultural interplay of illness and health.

Jens Brockmeier, a Senior Researcher at Free University Berlin, Germany, is a Visiting Professor in the Psychology Department of the University of Manitoba, Canada, and at the Center for Narrative Research of the University of East London's School of Social Science, Media, and Cultural Science.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Health and Social Welfare

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Allied Health Services / General
MEDICAL / Nursing / Maternity, Perinatal, Women's Health
MEDICAL / Public Health
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural