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Postmodernism, health and illness.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8708218     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper examines the value of drawing on ideas from poststructuralism and postmodernism in an attempt to understand the relationship between health, culture and society. Medical and professional discourses have come under increasing criticism for being uncaring, stigmatizing and disempowering. This paper supports a postmodernist approach which allows analysis of the fabrication of 'health', 'illness' and 'patient' subjectivity and the effect of the inscription on the body. It is suggested that health care professionals need to be more reflexive about their own knowledge claims and to resist the discursive practices which disempower and reduce choice.
D P Mitchell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of advanced nursing     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0309-2402     ISO Abbreviation:  J Adv Nurs     Publication Date:  1996 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-09-09     Completed Date:  1996-09-09     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7609811     Medline TA:  J Adv Nurs     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  201-5     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Retreat Hospital, York, England.
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MeSH Terms
Health Services Administration
Organizational Objectives
Power (Psychology)
Sick Role*
Social Values*
Sociology, Medical

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