Bodies and Suffering

Bodies and Suffering : Emotions and Relations of Care

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This book is a critical response to a range of problems - some theoretical, others empirical - that shape questions surrounding the lived experience of suffering. The book explores how moral and ethical questions of personal suffering are experienced, contested, negotiated and institutionalised. The book investigates the moral labour and significance invested in actions to care for others, or in failing to do so. It also explores circumstances - personal, political and social - under which that which is perceived as non-moral becomes moral. Drawing on case studies and empirical research, Bodies and Suffering examines the idea of the suffering body across different cultures and contexts and the experience and treatment of these suffering bodies. The book draws on theories of affect, embodiment, the phenomenology of illness and moralities of care, to produce a nuanced understanding of suffering as being located across the assumed borders of time, space, bodies, persons and things. Suitable for bioethicists, medical anthropologists, health sociologists and body studies scholars, Bodies and Suffering will also be of use on health science courses as essential reading on suffering bodies, mental health and morality and ethics more

Product details

  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 12.7mm | 381.02g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138885266
  • 9781138885264

Table of contents

Introduction: Bodies and Suffering: Affect, Emotions and Relations of Care Part I: Suffering, Bodies and Disease Chapter One: Who's suffering? Professional care and private suffering Chapter Two: A labour of love? Suffering in relation in informal care for the dying Part II: Suffering, the Lived Body and Mobility Chapter Three: The Practice of Secrecy as a Moral Economy of Care: Affect, Fragility and Intergenerational Suffering Chapter Four: Racialisation and Othering as Everyday Harm: Embodiment, Adoption, Affect Part III: Sites of Care, Self-help and Coping with Suffering Chapter Five: Practice of Radical Affectivity: Evoking Suffering as a Healing Modality Chapter Six: Suffering survivorship: Dilemmas of survival, wilful subjects, and the moral economy of dying Conclusion: Suffering and Caring Assemblagesshow more

About Ana Dragojlovic

Ana Dragojlovic is a Lecturer in Gender Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Alex Broom is Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences, and in the Practical Justice Initiative, UNSW Australiashow more