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Language, Health and Culture
Problematizing the Centers and Peripheries of Healthcare Communication Research

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ISBN 9780367559632
June 9, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
208 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The edited volume brings together contributions by linguistic scholars working in the area of health communication in Asia, in particular, in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore, Japan and Taiwan. While many of the medical and technological advances originate from the ‘non-English-dominant’/‘peripheral’ contexts, when it comes to health communication, there is a strong tendency to downplay and marginalize the scope and the impact of the ripe research tradition in these contexts. The contributions to the edited volume problematize the hegemony of dominant (Anglocentric) traditions in health communication research by highlighting culture- and context-specific ways of interpreting different health realities through linguistic lenses. Drawing on a diverse range of authentic data from diverse (primary, secondary, digital) healthcare contexts across Asia, the contributions probe empirical analyses and meta-reflections on the empirical, epistemological and theoretical foundations of doing research on language and health communication in Asia.

Table of Contents

About the editors Contributors information Acknowledgements List of figures List of abbreviations  1. Chapter 1 Introduction to "Language, health and culture: problematizing ‘Global Centres’ and ‘Peripheries’ in healthcare communication research" Olga Zayts-Spence 2. Chapter 2 Resisting responsibility for decision-making during medical consultation: a conversation analytic study in Singapore Ni-Eng Lim, Gim-Thia Ng and KK Luke 3. Chapter 3 How to make an unacceptable choice for a patient acceptable? An examination of the decision-making process in Japanese medical settings Michie Kawashima 4. Chapter 4 Resistance to treatment recommendations: an interactional resource to increase information exchange and promote shared decision-making in medical encounters Nan Christine Wang 5. Chapter 5 Exploring end-of-life care in palliative care consultations in Hong Kong David Matthew Edmonds, Olga Zayts-Spence and Jacqueline Yuen 6. Chapter 6 Communicating health knowledges across clinic and community: the case of sex characteristics in plurilingual Hong Kong Brian W. King 7. Chapter 7 The "mad consultant dealing with mad people": a discursive historical approach to tensions regarding mental health stigma in Hong Kong Hannah Shipman and Olga Zayts-Spence 8. Chapter 8 The discursive construction and negotiation of genetic knowledge in an online health forum in Mainland China Zhengpeng Luo and Olga Zayts-Spence 9. Chapter 9 Improving intergenerational communication: a case study of interactions between medical students and the elderly in a Japanese community Rintaro Imafuku, Koji Tsunekawa, Chihiro Kawakami and Kazuhiko Fujisaki 10. Chapter 10 Conclusion: advancing healthcare communication research in ‘Global Peripheries’David Matthew Edmonds and Olga Zayts-Spence

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Olga Zayts-Spence is an Associate Professor, School of English, the University of Hong Kong (HKU). She is the Director of HKU Research and Impact Initiative on Communication in Healthcare (RIICH) that brings together researchers in health communication, social sciences, education and medicine. Dr. Zayts’ interdisciplinary research agenda focuses on language and communication issues in various healthcare settings, including prenatal screening, genetic counselling, and more recently mental health. Dr. Zayts is a Board member of Mind Hong Kong, a mental health charity, and an Advisory Board member of City Mental Health Alliance, an organization which aims to promote mentally healthy workplaces. Dr. Zayts has published widely on a range of healthcare communication-related issues. She is the author of "Language and Culture and Work" (Routledge, with S. Schnurr).