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Medical Identities: Healing, Well Being and Personhood - Social Identities 2 (Paperback)
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Medical Identities: Healing, Well Being and Personhood - Social Identities 2 (Paperback)

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Paperback 172 Pages / Published: 10/05/2007
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Illness and other forms of misfortune are ubiquitous; thus, healing and care giving are equally universal. Ironically, however, little attention has been paid to the identity of those who heal or promote well-being. These roles come in many guises: healing may be highly professional and specialized, or far less formal; some societies are most concerned with prevention, while others focus on intervention. Based on rich and wide-ranging ethnographic data, and especially written for this volume, these essays look at the self-fashioning of a wide variety of healers and promoters of well-being, whether acupuncturists or physicians, diviners or nursing home providers. Conversely, the authors also ask how caregivers are viewed by others, and how their identities are influenced by wider social and cultural factors. As these essays demonstrate, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, or state policy may all play formative roles in shaping the definition of health and well-being, how they are delivered, and the character and prestige of those who provide for our health and welfare in society.

Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9781845451004
Number of pages: 172


MEDIA REVIEWS

""Medical Identities is a welcome call to arms we need to take medical identities seriously. There is more to healing and promotion of well-being than the health-seeking behaviours and experiences of patients, on the one hand, and the power-knowledge relations that bear medical professions, on the other."."JRAI"


"Medical Identities is a welcome call to arms - we need to take medical identities seriously. There is more to healing and promotion of well-being than the health-seeking behaviours and experiences of patients, on the one hand, and the power-knowledge relations that bear medical professions, on the other." - JRAI


-Medical Identities is a welcome call to arms - we need to take medical identities seriously. There is more to healing and promotion of well-being than the health-seeking behaviours and experiences of patients, on the one hand, and the power-knowledge relations that bear medical professions, on the other.- - JRAI

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