09.29.09 - MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY 227 29/09/2009 Critique of...

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MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY 227 29/09/2009 Critique of objectifying the interview subject o KLEINMAN: Disease vs. Illness Anthropologists give theories on individuals before they have a full understanding 28: Recording is an act of solidarity, whereas ignoring the story is an act of hostility o Have the sick been ignored by society as a whole Esp. stigmatized patients, eg. Psych patients: kept separate so as to not ‘contaminate” FREEDOM FROM PAIN o JACKSON: Pain is a subjective experience, we cannot observed or measured directly Therefore, difficult to communicate Isoloating Impound suffering Experience not validated by those around you o Listening: Helps to re-establish community. o WEBLINKS: “Pain beyond words” article o JACKSON: invisibility, subjectivity, western mind-body rulism o REAL VS. UNREAL PAIN Real: “real pain originates and is maintained by well-understood organic factors whose causes are completely beyond the control fo the patient” (144) Unreal: “any pain with inputs from psychological factors is to some degree unreal
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09.29.09 - MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY 227 29/09/2009 Critique of...

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