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Title: Language, Body, and Health
Edited By: Paul McPherron
Vaidehi Ramanathan
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9781934078198-1
Series Title: Language and Social Processes [LSP] 2
Description:

-Introduces discourses around bodies per se into language-related research, a
realm that previous research has not directly engaged
-Initiates discussions about bodies by critically addressing the language by
which experiences around bodily breakdowns and ailments occur
-Seeks to bring in perspectives from a range of disciplines including disability
studies, comparative literature, anthropology, gerontology, and occupational
therapy

This edited book addresses ways in which 'bodies' conceived broadly - get
languaged, and ways in which ideas of 'normalcy' and 'normal' bodies are held
in place and reproduced. The articles show how it is through this medium that
people with ailments or 'unusual' bodies get positioned and slotted in certain
ways. The present volume represents a departure from other works in at least
two ways. First, it brings in discourses around bodies per se into language-
related research, a realm that previous research has not directly engaged.
Second, it ushers in discussions about bodies by critically addressing the
language by which experiences around bodily breakdowns and ailments
occur. Calling attention to a host of discourses - biomedical, societal,
poststructuralist - and drawing on a variety of disciplinary perspectives,
critical theories, ethnographically gathered materials, and extant data, the
chapters pierce the general veil of silence that we have collectively drawn
regarding how some of our most intimate body (dis)functions impact our
everyday living and sense of "normalcy".

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
Review: Read the review
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Pragmatics
Sociolinguistics
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Versions:
Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9781934078204
Pages: 280
Prices: Europe EURO 54.95
 
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781934078198
Pages: 280
Prices: Europe EURO 54.95