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Illness, Bodies and Contexts: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

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Edited by Isabelle Lange & Zoë Norridge
ISBN: 978-1-84888-028-3
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Over four days in July 2005, historians, health economists, medical doctors and nurses, anthropologists, writers, sociologists and many more travelled to Oxford, England for the fourth annual ‘Making Sense of Health, Illness and Disease’ conference organised by Inter-Disciplinary.Net. Delegates were driven by a shared desire to understand the challenges and complexities of inhabiting a social and physical body in cross-cultural and inter-personal setting where meanings are in a constant state of transformation.

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In the process of compiling this volume, we have strayed from the original conference presentation schedule to allow for emerging themes to be explored in appropriate sections. Creating subdivisions was not a straightforward matter, as it was apparent throughout the conference that participants’ interests overlapped in both theory and practice. We hope that reorganising the material presented offers new opportunities for comparison between chapters, juxtaposing diverging research approaches in a thought-provoking manner.

Over four days in July 2005, historians, health economists, medical doctors and nurses, anthropologists, writers, sociologists and many more travelled to Oxford, England for the fourth annual ‘Making Sense of Health, Illness and Disease’ conference organised by Inter-Disciplinary.Net. The atmosphere at Mansfield College was charged as the fifty-five presenters gathered to share findings from their research and continued to discuss and debate long after the formal seminar periods ended and well beyond the coffee breaks, culminating in further collaborations in the form of joint-authored articles, conference projects and friendships. Delegates were driven by a shared desire to understand the challenges and complexities of inhabiting a social and physical body in cross-cultural and inter-personal setting where meanings are in a constant state of transformation.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Isabelle Lange and Zoë Norridge

PART I    Personalising Illness Experience
Illness: The Redefinition of Self and Relationships
Mary J. Didelot and Lisa A. Hollingsworth

Cancer and the Idea of Self: Philosophy, Memoir and Medical Trauma
Marlene Benjamin

Perceptions of Pain in Contemporary Zimbabwean Literature: Personal Pain Narratives in Yvonne Vera’s The Stone Virgins
Zoë Norridge

Empathetic Witnessing in Patient Pathographies
Melinda Rosenberg

PART II    Bodies and Embodiment
The Fit of Health: The Embodiment of an Ideal and Its Implications
Naomi Adelson

Some Thoughts on Physicians and Metaphysicians
Iain Brassington

Beyond Biomedicalisation: Mind/Body Models of Health and Illness
Gillian Bendelow and David Menkes

Writing Size Zero: Figuring Anorexia in Contemporary World Literatures
Isabelle Meuret

Writing Over the Illness: The Symbiotic Representation of Albinism
Charlotte Baker

The Aesthetic of Self-Representation in Pregnancy and Childbirth
Lisa Szczerba

PART III   Myths and Metaphors
Finding Meaning through Metaphors: Following a Narrative Thread from Experience to Research to Classroom
Jasna Krmpotić Schwind

Metaphors of Health, Illness and Disease in Margaret Atwood’s Fiction
Teresa Gibert

Devils,  Serpents, Zebras: Metaphors of Illness in Swedish Literature on Eating Disorders (1987-2005)
Katarina Bernhardson

Constructing a Consumptive Myth: Medical Discourse and the Representation of Tuberculosis
Katherine Byrne

Metaphors of Injury: Making Sense of Pelvic Pain
Victoria M. Grace and Sara MacBride-Stewart

PART IV    Meaning and Medicine
Methods of Diagnosis: The Path Towards Dialogue
Imre Bard

Disease in the Information Age
Laura K. Kerr

The Media Manufacturing The Sense of Health, Illness and Disease:  Health Coverage in Turkish Newspapers
İnci Çınarlı and Elgiz Yilmaz

Debates over the Safety of SSRI Antidepressants: Prozac, Seroxat and the Paradoxes of Evidence-based Medicine
Linsey McGoey

Botulinum Toxin Facial Treatment: Are There Specific Influences on Women’s Communication Process?
Christina Hahn and Daniel Leising

Evaluating Risk and Pain in Elective Cosmetic Surgery
Ashley Morgan

PART V   Disability and Desirability
Genetics, Disability and Symbolic Harm
Elisabeth Gedge

Making Sense of Disease, Disability and Trauma: Normative and Disruptive Stories
Valerie Raoul

Disability, Reproductive Interventions and Moral Consistency
Stuart Oultram

Desirability and Its Discontents: Young People’s Responses to Media Images of Health, Beauty and Physical Perfection
Joe Grixti

Selling the Social as Object: Online Donor Banking and the  Standardisation of Semen
Susan Rogers

Alcoholism: Correction and the Changing Notions of Recovery
Donavon Rocher

PART VI    Ethics, Autonomy, Justice and Rights
On My Own:  Where Autonomy Ends and Justice Begins
Alison Roberts Miculan  and Lisa Schwartz

The Production of Health and Illness in Discourses: The Case of the German Health Care System
Sebastian C. Bechmann

From Policy to Practice: Recruitment of African Nurses in the UK
Gloria Likupe, Laurie Lynn Kelly and Joyce  Laroso-Abonyo

Health and Ethical Choices in Economics
Delphine Arweiler

Qualifying for the Right to Die – A Dubious Privilege: Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill
Michele Wates

Reconciling Discretion, Jurisdiction and Equity: Funding of  Health Services in Canada
Nina Preto

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About the Author(s)/Editor(s)
Isabell Lange holds a BA in social/cultural anthropology (Wesleyan University) and an MSc in medical anthropology (University College London). She is currently working towards a PhD in the Department of Public Health and Policy supervised by Wenzel Geissler.

Zoë Norridge, Department of Languages and Cultures of Africa, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Key Words
health, body, illness, treatment, ethics, medicine, medical, bodies, help,science, happiness.

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