This collection of essays examines the interrelations between illness, disability, health, society, and culture. The contributors examine how "narratives" have emerged and been utilized within these areas to help those who have experienced d injury, disability, dementia, pain, grief, or psychological trauma to express their stories. Encompassing clinical case studies, ethnographic field studies and autobiographical case studies, Health, Illness and Culture offers a broad overview and critical analysis of the present state of "illness narratives" within the fields of health and social welfare.
About the authors
Lars-Christer Hydйn is Professor of Health Communication at Linköping University, Sweden. His main focus is on the role of narrative in the cultural interplay of illness and health.
Jens Brockmeier, a Senior Researcher at Free University Berlin, Germany, is a Visiting Professor in the Psychology Department of the University of Manitoba, Canada, and at the Center for Narrative Research of the University of East London's School of Social Science, Media, and Cultural Science.