At the Edge of Being: The Aporia of Pain

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edited by Heather McKenzie, John Quintner and Gillian Bendelow
ISBN: 978-1-84888-115-0

This book represents a challenge to the influential medico-political discourse that seeks to classify and manage chronic pain as if it were a disease in its own right, while at the same time preserving its status as a symptom. The chapters in this volume confront this view with timely reminders that pain as lived experience remains an elusive and puzzling phenomenon (an APORIA) that cannot be better understood by putting aside its phenomenology and simplifying what is left to fit a metaphorical pigeon-hole as a distinct biomedical disease entity.

Description

This book represents a challenge to the influential medico-political discourse that seeks to classify and manage chronic pain as if it were a disease in its own right, while at the same time preserving its status as a symptom. The chapters in this volume confront this view with timely reminders that pain as lived experience remains an elusive and puzzling phenomenon (an APORIA) that cannot be better understood by putting aside its phenomenology and simplifying what is left to fit a metaphorical pigeon-hole as a distinct biomedical disease entity. The authors amply demonstrate that there are other useful frames of reference with equal or even better claims to both legitimacy and usefulness. Readers will be encouraged to contemplate the aporia in different contexts and expressed through a variety of experiences.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Gillian Bendelow and Mira Crouch

PART 1: Complexities of Pain
A Natural State without a Nature? Dealing with the Ambiguity of ‘Pain’ in Science and Ethics
Sascha Benjamin Fink

The Lived Experience of Pain: A Painful Journey for Medicine
Milton Cohen and John Quintner

Inflecting Pain: Expression, Acknowledgement and Interpersonal Space
Hildur Kalman and Naomi Scheman

Trajectory of Chronic Non-Cancer Pain in Six Patients: A Roller-Coaster Ride
Ruth Ellen Dubin

PART 2: Stories of Pain
Connecting Pain and Drug Use in GLBTQ Communities
Ian Flaherty

Journeys with Chronic Pain: Acquiring Stigma along the Way
Amanda Nielsen

Illness and Narrative
Mary Buchinger Bodwell

Pain and Personal Experience of Cancer: A Complex Intersection
Heather McKenzie

Downloadable Content

You can dowload a pdf copy of the Introduction by clicking here:
At the Edge of Being Introduction

About the Editors

Heather McKenzie is a Senior Lecturer at Sydney Nursing School, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

John Quintner is Consultant Physician in Pain Medicine at the Pain Medecine Unit, Fremantle Hospital, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia.

Gillian Bendelow is Professor of Sociology at the School of Law, University of Sussex, United Kingdom.

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