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Narrative and the Cultural Construction of Illness and Healing

Cheryl Mattingly and Linda Garro


Stories of illness and healing are often arresting in their power, illuminating practices and experiences that might otherwise remain obscure. What can be learned through a comparative look at the range of narrative theories and styles of narrative analysis used by anthropologists to make sense of their ethnographic data? Do divergent strategies yield different understandings of the illness experience and healing practices? Does a focus on narrative detract from or conceal other, more fruitful avenues for exploration? Through the analysis of stories drawn from a variety of ethnographic context ... More

Keywords: illness, healing, stories, narrative theories, narrative analysis, anthropologists, ethnographic data, medical anthropology, personal narrative, life course

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780520218246
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520218246.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cheryl Mattingly, editor

Linda Garro, editor

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