Communicating Health and Illness by Richard Gwyn

By Richard Gwyn

During this ebook Richard Gwyn demonstrates the centrality of discourse research to an knowing of healthiness and verbal exchange. targeting language and communique concerns he demonstrates that it really is attainable to watch and research styles within the ways that wellbeing and fitness and ailment are represented and articulated via either healthiness execs and lay humans. speaking future health and affliction: · Explores culturally verified notions of healthiness and disease and the medicalization of ailment · Surveys media representations of healthiness and disease · Considers the metaphoric nature of discuss disorder · Contributes to the continued debate with regards to narrative established drugs

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The sick individual, on the contrary, ceases to be a fully valid member of society. As she did for health, Herzlich specifies three conceptions of illness. They are: (1) Illness as destructive; (2) Illness as a liberator; (3) Illness as an ‘occupation’. It is in terms of one (or more) of these that the individual is able to express his or her relation to society when enduring illness. Illness as Destructive People who are particularly active in society are prone to regard illness as destructive.

What relevance does this story hold for us today? I think that the way that illness is perceived in the story to be something visible and tangible (Quesalid’s bloody worm), has its counterpart in the way many people conceive of germs and malevolent entities residing in the body, a type of reification that facilitates understanding of germ theory and of the ‘disease process’. Moreover, the narrative within which Quesalid’s activities as a shaman are presented provides a classical example of how ‘storied’ the events of our lives become in the telling of them.

At least three related but distinct methods, or paradigms, are relevant to this book, and they have emerged from separate academic traditions: I do not, however, intend to trace the genealogy of each tradition here (see, for example, Potter, 1996; Mills, 1997; Sarangi and Roberts, 1999b). While these disciplines are never entirely clear-cut, there are certain defining features which help to distinguish them one from the other. The first of these is conversation analysis (CA), which arose from the ethnomethodology of Garfinkel, Sacks and Schegloff.

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