Pain without Boundaries: Inquiries across Cultures


Pain without Boundaries: Inquiries across Cultures


Edited by Roy F. Fox and Nicole Monteiro

Year: 2014

Format: eBook


Researchers from medicine, music, medical humanities, psychology, rhetoric, art, and beyond, explore pain—what it is, how it affects us, how we think about it, how we express it, and how we can transform it.

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From medicine to music, from art to medical humanities, from psychology to writing and rhetoric, these chapters explore pain—what it is, how it affects us, how we think about it, how we express it, and how we can transform it. Using diverse methods and points of view, these journeys into pain are divided into four sections. In Section I, Pain and Thinking, the authors focus on fundamental thinking processes when experiencing and communicating about pain. Section II, Contemplating Pain, addresses the different ways that we reflect upon the nature of pain, itself. Offering responses to the fundamental question, “What do we do with pain?” the collective answer in Section III, Creating from Pain, is that we construct something from it—that we use pain as material for creative acts. Finally, in Section IV, Personalizing Pain, the authors explore pain within the boundaries of our personal selfhood.

Roy F. Fox and Nicole M. Monteiro

Section I: Pain and Thinking

It’s Not What Happens to You, But How You Think About It: Exploring the Cognitive Processes Underlying Resilience Following Adversity
Karisha George

Talking about Pain: Occurrences, Abstractions, and Frustrations
James Moir

The Roles of Imagery in Writing about Pain
Roy F. Fox

Section II: Contemplating Pain

Can Pain Be a Number?
Ian Grant

Intercorporeality and the Constitution of Body Schemata: A Case of Pain Challenges Conventional Notions of the Bodily Boundaries that Separate the Pain of One Person from Another
Lisa Folkmarson Käll

BDSM: Ars Erotica between Pain and Pleasure
Nicoletta Landi

Section III: Creating from Pain

Celebrating the Pain: Female Singer-Songwriters and the Beauty of Gloomy Images
Daniela Chana

Funeral Rites, Pain, and Bereavement: A Study using Textile Art
Jules Findley

Extremely Up-in-the-Air: Flesh Hook Suspension and Performance
Julie Rada

Section IV: Personalizing Pain

The Normal You: Chest Wall Deformities According to Teenagers’ Life Stories
David Ticchi

Making Sense of the Pain of Sexual Intercourse: Personal Accounts of Chinese Married Women
Ng Hoi Nga

Treating Pain in Botswana: Exploring Doctors’ Perspectives on Patient Experiences
Nicole Monteiro and Kagiso Tlhabano

Roy F. Fox is Professor of English Education and former Chair of the Department of Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum at the University of Missouri. His book, Facing the Sky: Composing through Trauma in Word and Image (forthcoming from Parlor Press), documents what happens when language and literacy experts write about their own trauma.

Nicole M. Monteiro is a clinical psychologist and researcher whose diverse interests include trauma, culture and mental illness, and global mental health disparities. Her international work spans parts of Africa, the Middle East, South America and the Caribbean. She is currently a Lecturer at the University of Botswana’s Department of Psychology