Download e-book for kindle: Communicating Health and Illness by Richard Gwyn

By Richard Gwyn

ISBN-10: 0761964746

ISBN-13: 9780761964742

ISBN-10: 1412932300

ISBN-13: 9781412932301

During this e-book Richard Gwyn demonstrates the centrality of discourse research to an knowing of healthiness and conversation. concentrating on language and verbal exchange concerns he demonstrates that it's attainable to monitor and examine styles within the ways that healthiness and ailment are represented and articulated by way of either healthiness pros and lay humans. speaking overall healthiness and ailment: · Explores culturally established notions of healthiness and affliction and the medicalization of affliction · Surveys media representations of overall healthiness and sickness · Considers the metaphoric nature of discuss ailment · Contributes to the continuing debate when it comes to narrative dependent drugs

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The individual can, at one extreme, react with total passivity and behave like an invalid to be cured, or, at the other, completely reject the illness and attempt to carry on with life as though nothing were the matter. Illness as a Liberator Serious illness is likened to a love affair, or at the very least to freedom from the burdens of worry. It is seen as a way of being set free. It is also likened to a journey of the imagination, to the discovery of another world. Illness is an escape from reality.

This suggests that modes of thought (concerning health, for example), are not a limited or limiting framework that the individual applies to his or her body and personal experience; instead, individual modes of thought are directed by understandings and representations of health and illness in the wider society. Moscovici portrays social representations as applying to causality in a singular and illuminating way: for example, he points out that right-wing thinking lays responsibility for success or failure in life at the feet of the individual, so, broadly speaking, if a person ‘makes good’ it is due to his or her own innate energy and initiative, and if they fail, it is because they are idle and unimaginative.

Left-wingers ascribe unemployment to the inherent injustices of the capitalist system, to unjustified redundancies, to forces beyond the individual’s control. In Moscovici’s words: ‘The first representation stresses the individual’s responsibility and personal energy – social problems can only be solved by each individual. The second representation stresses social responsibility, denounces social injustice and advocates collective solutions for individual problems’ (Moscovici, 1984: 49). Needless to say there is little trace of the latter attitude among the majority of the ascendant classes, and not much evidence of the former among the homeless and the underprivileged.

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