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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANT100Y1
Professor
Sharon Kelly
Semester
Fall

Description
Das & Das (2007): “How the Body Speaks”  Illness experience - Used as a lens for understanding lives of urban poor in New Delhi - Illness and health relate to politics and economics  Theme: interconnectedness of political economy and culture (esp. urban poor)  Patient's construction of their experience  Illness narratives serve therapeutic purpose  Context of telling may influence the way stories are organized  Linguistic/lexical terms to point presence of illness  Notions of compliant, symptom, diagnosis  Significant variations exist in illness experiences  Different ends of spectrum: o illness = deviation from life o Illness = sense of failure of body  The lexical terms refer to illness / abnormal bodily sensations  Linguistic means in which illness requires a social existence  Study shows relation between illness and income -> also relates to treatment
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