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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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“Even if we Don't Have Children [we] Can Live”

“Even if we Don't Have Children [we] Can Live”

Stigma and Infertility in South India

(p.128) Six “Even if we Don't Have Children [we] Can Live”
Narrative and the Cultural Construction of Illness and Healing

Cheryl Mattingly

Linda C. Garro

University of California Press

This chapter draws on the sociolinguistic tradition of narrative analysis and closely examines the emergence of meaning in an interview setting. The analysis presented in this chapter is situated in relation to the problem of infertility in India and the huge stigma attached to those who cannot conceive. The discussion moves between general feminist and cultural concerns and the in-depth analysis of a set of narrative performance. The chapter also includes the author's own shifting interpretations of the stories she is told and how she changes her understanding of them.

Keywords:   sociolinguistic tradition, narrative analysis, interview setting, problem of infertility, feminist concerns, cultural concerns, narrative performance

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