Communicating Health and Illness by Richard Gwyn

By Richard Gwyn

During this booklet Richard Gwyn demonstrates the centrality of discourse research to an figuring out of well-being and communique. concentrating on language and conversation concerns he demonstrates that it really is attainable to watch and examine styles within the ways that future health and disorder are represented and articulated through either well-being pros and lay humans. speaking wellbeing and fitness and disorder: · Explores culturally demonstrated notions of healthiness and disease and the medicalization of affliction · Surveys media representations of wellbeing and fitness and sickness · Considers the metaphoric nature of speak about affliction · Contributes to the continued debate with regards to narrative established drugs

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The language researcher is, or should be, essentially an ethnographer, shunting between cultural enclaves and reporting on the strangeness that he or she finds there, the better to recognize the strangeness of the familiar and known. The kind of ethnographic discourse analysis which finds support in these pages requires a degree of reflexivity, as well as participant observation ‘among the artefacts of a defamiliarized cultural reality’ which Clifford considers to be the characteristic attitude of ethnography (1988: 121).

By contrast some cultural theorists never show any of the data from which they are extrapolating. While there may be inherent methodological problems in extracting macro significance from pieces of text, notably the question of how to produce a working method which does not undermine its own claims to truth (Wetherell and Potter, 1992: 101; Mills, 1997: 133), there remains room, I believe, for a more eclectic approach which makes selective use of more than one methodology without compromising what social scientists consider to be scientific rigour (cf.

The second is critical discourse analysis (CDA), whose roots are in critical linguistics. The third is ethnographic discourse analysis, whose aims and concerns are almost THE BODY, DISEASE AND DISCOURSE 27 indistinguishable from interactional sociolinguistics, except that, as might be expected, there is a greater attention to ethnographic background. The latter two methodologies draw on the ethnography of communication and conversation analysis, and some analysts are also influenced by the work of critical discourse analysis (Scollon, 2000: 142; Sarangi and Roberts, 1999b: 30).

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