CMNS 304W Chapter Notes - Chapter 9: Marxist Literary Criticism, Post-Structuralism

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Criticism of social context does not generally appear in medical encounters. When contextual issues arise in medical discourse, messages of ideology and social control may become apparent, usually without the conscious awareness of the participants. By easing the physical or psychological impact of contextual difficulties, or by encouraging patients" conformity to mainstream expectations of desirable behaviour, encounters with doctors can help win patients" consent to troubling social conditions. Seen in this light, doctor-patient encounters become micro-political situations that do not typically encourage explicit statements or actions by health professionals to change contextual sources of their patients" difficulties. A critical theory influenced by structuralism suggests that the surface meanings of signs in medical discourse prove less important than their structural relationships. In addition, a theoretical approach adopting elements of post-structuralism and marxist literary criticism emphasizes the marginal, absent, or excluded elements of medical discourse. Contextual features that shape a text include social class, sex, age, and race.

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