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SubjectivityEthnographic Investigations$
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Joao Biehl, Byron Good, and Arthur Kleinman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247925

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247925.001.0001

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How the Body Speaks

How the Body Speaks

Illness and the Lifeworld among the Urban Poor

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Veena Das

Ranendra K. Das

University of California Press

This chapter studies how illness experiences are a relational testing ground and life experiment for the urban poor in New Delhi, distinguishing differing medical practices, expertise, and practitioners, and identifying the ways illness categories emerge through medical interactions and local family dynamics. It goes beyond governmental institutions, to show the personal and domestic grounds of the state and medicine. The chapter also connects the materiality of social conditions and the firm experience of illness in the family and clinic to the symbolic side of sickness.

Keywords:   illness experiences, urban poor, medical practices, illness categories, medical interactions, family dynamics, social conditions, materiality

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