Illness and Culture in the Postmodern Age
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Description: We become ill in ways our parents and grandparents did not, with diseases unheard of and treatments undreamed of by them. Illness has changed in the postmodern era--roughly the period since World War II--as dramatically as technology, transportation, and the texture of everyday life. Exploring these changes, David B. Morris tells the fascinating story, or stories, of what goes into making the postmodern experience of illness different, perhaps unique. Even as he decries the overuse and misuse of the term "postmodern," Morris shows how brightly ideas of illness, health, and postmodernism illuminate one another in late-twentieth-century culture. Modern medicine traditionally separates disease--an objectively verified disorder--from illness--a patient's subjective experience. Postmodern medicine, Morris says, can make no such clean distinction; instead, it demands abioculturalmodel, situating illness at the crossroads of biology and culture. Maladies such as chronic fatigue syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder signal our awareness that there are biocultural ways of being sick. The biocultural vision of illness not only blurs old boundaries but also offers a new and infinitely promising arena for investigating both biology and culture. In many waysIllness and Culture in the Postmodern Ageleads us to understand our experience of the world differently.
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Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/30/2000
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|Introduction: How to Live Forever|
|The Country of the Ill|
|What Is Postmodern Illness?|
|The White Noise of Health|
|Neurobiology and the Obscene|
|The Plot of Suffering|
|Illness in the Time of Disney|
|Conclusion: Narrative Bioethics|