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Author Morris, David B, author
Title Illness and culture in the postmodern age / David B. Morris
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 1998
book jacket
 Euro-Am Studies Lib  306.461 M8317IL 1998    AVAILABLE    30500100944514
 人文社會聯圖  RA418 M68 1998    AVAILABLE    30610020059010
Descript 345 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-333) and index
Country of the ill -- What is postmodern illness -- White noise of health -- Reinventing pain -- Utopian bodies -- Neurobiology and the obscene -- Plot of suffering -- Illness in the time of Disney
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 a biocultural model, 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 ways Illness and Culture in the Postmodern Age leads us to understand our experience of the world differently
Link Online version: Morris, David B. Illness and culture in the postmodern age. Berkeley : University of California Press, 1998 (OCoLC)872656407
Subject Diseases -- Social aspects
Social medicine -- Philosophy
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