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Acute pain is sexy and chronic pain is not: representations, language and transformation

Acute pain is sexy and chronic pain is not: representations, language and transformation

Patterson, Jennifer ORCID: 0000-0002-8254-7602 (2019) Acute pain is sexy and chronic pain is not: representations, language and transformation. Encountering Pain: Hearing, Speaking, Seeing. UCL Press, London. (In Press)

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This chapter explores interdisciplinary thinking about pain and its relation to language as a complex, layered sociocultural and historically gendered communication. It argues that the relationship between pain and language is one that merits further work and offers potential therapeutic value for the field of pain studies. To do this, it uses an reflexive and creative feminist approach, a form of prospective bricolage or DIY, drawing on a range of interdisciplinary information. It considers broad contexts of the world-views or belief systems (ontology) within which ideas about pain are located in Western culture from patient and healthcare professionals perspectives. It discuses the physiology of how pain works and how pain relieving drugs function as well as how language works as pain experience communication. Exploring how the languages and images of pain are constructed, it comments on echoes and parallels with historical and traditional representations to conscious thought processes and individual identity. Thus, the section on the physiology of pain explores triggers and draws on mind-body connections indicating evidence of how changing brain patterns and thought processes can affect and might therefore also help modify pain for some people.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Presenting innovative thinking on the the relationship between language and pain, this chapter is coming out in a book being published early next year by University College London Press as an open access publication. Readers will be able to download copies of each chapter online for free, though they will have to pay for hard copies (cost price). This means the book and its contents available to a greater number of people for whom the content will be relevant.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pain, acute pain, chronic pain, medical humanities, sociology, narrative pain, transformative language, discourse
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Applied Sociology Research Group
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Education & Community Studies
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2020 14:25
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 3
Selected for REF2021: REF 4

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