Chronic pain challenges the central tenet of biomedicine: that objective knowledge of the human body and mind is possible apart from subjective experience and social context. Sufferers, finding that chronic pain alters every aspect of life, often become frustrated and distrust a profession seemingly unable to explain or effectively treat their illness. The authors of this volume offer an entirely different, ethnographic approach, searching out more effective ways to describe and analyze the human context of pain. How can we analyze a mode of experience that appears to the pain sufferers as an unmeditiated fact of the body and is yet so resistant to language? With case studies drawn from anthropological investigations of chronic pain sufferers and pain clinics in the northeastern United States, the authors explore the great divide between the culturally shaped language of suffering and the traditional language of medical and psychological theorizing. They argue that the representation of experience in local social worlds is a central challenge to the human sciences and to ethnographic writing, and that meeting that challenge is also crucial to the refiguring of pain in medical discourse and health policy debates.
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Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good is Associate Professor of Medical Sociology at Harvard Medical School. Paul E. Brodwin is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Byron J. Good is Professor of Medical Anthropology at Harvard Medical School. Arthur Kleinman is Professor of Medical Anthropology and Psychiatry at Harvard University.Review:
"A sophisticated and engaging book that takes us into subtle phenomenal worlds that ordinarily escape the attention of social scientists."--Richard A. Hilbert, "American Journal of Sociology
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Descripción Univ of California Pr, 1992. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0520075110
Descripción Univ of California Pr, 1992. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería SONG0520075110