Women, Body, Illness: Space and Identity in the Everyday Lives of Women with Chronic Illness

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 - 225 pages
This provocative and moving work explores concepts of body and space to better understand the daily lives and struggles of women with chronic illness. Moss and Dyck show how such women-coping with associated notions of illness, health, and being female-restructure their physical and social environments through the strategies they choose to accommodate disabling illnesses such as chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, or rheumatoid arthritis. Strategies might include disclosing or concealing illness from employers and friends; seeking or rejecting emotional support through old friends and new contacts; and pursuing or resisting specific diagnoses from the biomedical community. Featuring a wealth of original research and personal stories, Women, Body, Illness tells the tales of chronically ill women forging networks of support, redefining themselves, and challenging what it is to be ill.
 

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Living with Chronic Illness
1
Setting Out Some Issues
9
Working through Theories of the Body
19
Conceptualizing Chronic Illness with Space
35
Making Sense of Chronic Illness
51
Approaching Analysis and the Interpretive Act
69
Destabilization of the Material Body Onset Diagnosis Inscription
83
Limits to the Body Inscription Income Issues Borders
105
Absence of PresencePresence of Absence Borders Identity Everyday Life
125
Disciplining the Environment through Relearning the Body Everyday Life Minutiae Daily Living
145
Connections
165
Notes
173
Bibliography
203
Index
219
About the Authors
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Pamela Moss is a feminist geographer in the faculty of human and social development at the University of Victoria.

Isabel Dyck is a social geographer in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences and a faculty associate in women's studies at the University of British Columbia.

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