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Title: Diagnosis as Cultural Practice
Edited By: Judith Felson Duchan
Dana Kovarsky
Series Title: Language, Power and Social Practice 16

This book is about the doing and experiencing of diagnosis in everyday
life. Diagnoses are revealed as interactive negotiations rather than as the
assigning of diagnostic labels. The authors demonstrate, through detailed
discourse analyses, how the diagnostic process depends on power and
accountability as expressed through the talk of those engaged in the
diagnostic process. The authors also show that diagnostic decisions are not
only made by professional experts trained in the art and science of
diagnosis, but they can also be made by anyone trying to figure out the
nature of everyday problems. Finally, diagnostic reasoning is found to
extend beyond typical diagnostic situations, occurring in unexpected places
such as written letters of recommendation and talk about the nature of
communication. Together, the chapters in this book demonstrate how
diagnosis is a communication practice deeply rooted in our culture. The
book is interdisciplinary and unusually broad in its focus. The authors
come from different experiential scholarly backgrounds. Each of them takes
a different look at the impact and nature of the diagnostic process. The
diagnoses discussed include autism, Alzheimer's disease, speech and
language disorders, and menopause. The focus is not only on the here and
now of the diagnostic interaction, but also on how diagnoses and diagnostic
processes change over time. The book can serve as an undergraduate or
graduate text for courses offered in various disciplines, including
communication, sociology, anthropology, communication disorders, audiology,
linguistics, medicine, and disability studies.

JUDITH FELSON DUCHAN is Professor Emeritus at the State University of New
York at Buffalo, USA.

DANA KOVARSKY is Associate Professor at the University of Rhode Island, USA.


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Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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ISBN: 3110184662
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Pages: viii, 310
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