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Painscapes

Communicating Pain

Editors: Gonzalez-Polledo, EJ, Tarr, Jen (Eds.)

  • Brings together interdisciplinary contributions from the social sciences, humanities visual and performing arts
  • Posits that pain is not just a sensation inside the body or limited to one individual but is an experience that is expressed and emergent via different frameworks and devices of communication
  • Examines how chronic pain is expressed and communicated
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About this book

This book brings into dialogue approaches from anthropology, sociology, visual art, theatre, and literature to question what kinds of relations, frames and politics constitute pain across disciplines and methodologies. Each chapter offers a unique window onto the notoriously difficult problem of how pain is defined and communicated. The contributors reimagine the value of images and photography, poetry, history, drama, stories and interviews, not as ‘better’ representations of the pain experience, but as devices to navigate the complexity of pain across different physical, social, and intersubjective domains. 

This innovative collection provides a new access point to the phenomenon of pain and the materialities, affects, structures and institutions that constitute it. This book will appeal to readers seeking to better understand pain’s complexity and the social and affective ecologies through which pain is known, communicated and lived.

About the authors

EJ Gonzalez-Polledo is Lecturer in the department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.

Jen Tarr is Assistant Professor of Research Methodology in the Department of Methodology at the LSE, UK.

Reviews

“An explosion of interest in embodiment by social science and humanities scholars since the 1990's has precipitated sophisticated conceptual understandings of  the social, philosophical and emotional dimensions of pain alongside the physiological and clinical aspects, as elucidated in Dame Cicely Saunders  notion of ‘total pain.’ Painscapes provides a wonderful example of how researchers and practitioners can be meaningfully incorporate the  ‘lived experience’ of pain in its multi-layered complexity to provide illuminating insights. By translating knowledge and experience across multi- disciplinary creative pathways and communication through visual and narrative techniques and communications,the  often solitary incarceration of enduring pain may be challenged and vividly articulated.” (Gillian Bendelow, Professor in Sociology of Health and Medicine, University of Brighton, UK)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Painscapes

    Gonzalez-Polledo, EJ

    Pages 1-23

  • ‘The Sad Language of Pain’: S. Weir Mitchell, the American Civil War, and Interpreting Physical Suffering

    Bending, Lucy

    Pages 25-40

  • An Essay on the Space Outside Pain Where the Poem Takes Place

    Rosen, Jude

    Pages 41-60

  • Act Like It Hurts: Questions of Role and Authenticity in the Communication of Chronic Pain

    Goldingay, Sarah

    Pages 61-81

  • Articulating Pain: Writing the Autoimmune Self

    Andrews, Alice

    Pages 83-105

Buy this book

eBook £63.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95272-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £79.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95271-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Painscapes
Book Subtitle
Communicating Pain
Editors
  • EJ Gonzalez-Polledo
  • Jen Tarr
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-95272-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-95272-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95271-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 254
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
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