Contesting Illness

Contesting Illness

Processes and Practices

eBook - 2008
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Univ of Toronto Pr
"The relationship between power and illness is the subject of limited discussion despite it being one of the most important issues in health-related policies and services. In an effort to correct this, Contesting Illness engages critically with processes through which the meanings and effects of illness shape and are shaped by specific sets of practices. Featuring original contributions by researchers working in a number of disciplines, this collection examines intersections of power, contestation, and illness with the aid of various critical theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches.The contributors explore experiences of illness, diagnosis, and treatment, and analyse wider discursive and policy contexts within which people become ill and engage with health care systems. Though each essay is unique in its approach, they are linked together by a shared focus on contestation as a conceptual tool in considering the relationship between power and illness. Rather than focus on a single example, the contributors address different contested illnesses (chronic fatigue syndrome and environmental illness, for instance) as well as the contested dimensions of illnesses that are accepted as legitimate such as cancer and autism. Contesting Illness offers valuable insights into the assumptions, practices, and interactions that shape illness in the twenty-first century.Contributors
Jan Angus
Pia H. Bülow
Peter Conrad
Joyce Davidson
Helen Gremillion
Maren Klawiter
Joshua Kelley
Steve Kroll-Smith
Katherine Lippel
Pamela Moss
Michael Orsini
Michael J. Prince
Annie Potts
Mary Ellen Purkis
Sharon Dale Stone
Cheryl Stults
Katherine Teghtsoonian
Jane M. Ussher
Catherine van Mossel"

Contesting Illness offers valuable insights into the assumptions, practices, and interactions that shape illness in the twenty-first century.</p


Contesting Illness offers valuable insights into the assumptions, practices, and interactions that shape illness in the twenty-first century.


The relationship between power and illness is the subject of limited discussion despite it being one of the most important issues in health-related policies and services. In an effort to correct this, Contesting Illness engages critically with processes through which the meanings and effects of illness shape and are shaped by specific sets of practices. Featuring original contributions by researchers working in a number of disciplines, this collection examines intersections of power, contestation, and illness with the aid of various critical theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches.

The contributors explore experiences of illness, diagnosis, and treatment, and analyse wider discursive and policy contexts within which people become ill and engage with health care systems. Though each essay is unique in its approach, they are linked together by a shared focus on contestation as a conceptual tool in considering the relationship between power and illness. Rather than focus on a single example, the contributors address different contested illnesses (chronic fatigue syndrome and environmental illness, for instance) as well as the contested dimensions of illnesses that are accepted as legitimate such as cancer and autism. Contesting Illness offers valuable insights into the assumptions, practices, and interactions that shape illness in the twenty-first century.

Contributors
Jan Angus
Pia H. Bülow
Peter Conrad
Joyce Davidson
Helen Gremillion
Maren Klawiter
Joshua Kelley
Steve Kroll-Smith
Katherine Lippel
Pamela Moss
Michael Orsini
Michael J. Prince
Annie Potts
Mary Ellen Purkis
Sharon Dale Stone
Cheryl Stults
Katherine Teghtsoonian
Jane M. Ussher
Catherine van Mossel


The relationship between power and illness is the subject of limited discussion despite it being one of the most important issues in health-related policies and services. In an effort to correct this,Contesting Illness engages critically with processes through which the meanings and effects of illness shape and are shaped by specific sets of practices. Featuring original contributions by researchers working in a number of disciplines, this collection examines intersections of power, contestation, and illness with the aid of various critical theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches.

The contributors explore experiences of illness, diagnosis, and treatment, and analyse wider discursive and policy contexts within which people become ill and engage with health care systems. Though each essay is unique in its approach, they are linked together by a shared focus on contestation as a conceptual tool in considering the relationship between power and illness. Rather than focus on a single example, the contributors address different contested illnesses (chronic fatigue syndrome and environmental illness, for instance) as well as the contested dimensions of illnesses that are accepted as legitimate such as cancer and autism. Contesting Illness offers valuable insights into the assumptions, practices, and interactions that shape illness in the twenty-first century.

Contributors
Jan Angus
Pia H. Bülow
Peter Conrad
Joyce Davidson
Helen Gremillion
Maren Klawiter
Joshua Kelley
Steve Kroll-Smith
Katherine Lippel
Pamela Moss
Michael Orsini
Michael J. Prince
Annie Potts
Mary Ellen Purkis
Sharon Dale Stone
Cheryl Stults
Katherine Teghtsoonian
Jane M. Ussher
Catherine van Mossel



Publisher: Toronto [Ont.] : University of Toronto Press, ©2008 (Saint-Lazare, Quebec : Gibson Library Connections, 2010)
ISBN: 9781442687738
1442687738
9780802093653
0802095127
0802093655
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvi, 347 pages)

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