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Narrative and the Cultural Construction of Illness and Healing$
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Cheryl Mattingly and Linda Garro

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520218246

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520218246.001.0001

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Cultural Knowledge as Resource in Illness Narratives

Cultural Knowledge as Resource in Illness Narratives

Remembering through Accounts of Illness

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(p.70) Three Cultural Knowledge as Resource in Illness Narratives
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Narrative and the Cultural Construction of Illness and Healing
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Cheryl Mattingly

Linda C. Garro

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520218246.003.0003

This chapter explains how the interplay of personal experience and cultural knowledge shapes illness narratives. It examines how cultural knowledge can become a resource in guiding remembering about the past and shows how individual accounts draw strength and supposed truth as they are found within accounts of a collective past. This chapter is grounded in cognitive theories of both memory and narrative.

Keywords:   personal experience, cultural knowledge, illness narratives, collective past, cognitive theories, memory

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