Cultural Knowledge as Resource in Illness Narratives

Cheryl Mattingly and Linda C. Garro

in Narrative and the Cultural Construction of Illness and Healing

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780520218246
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935228 | DOI:
Cultural Knowledge as Resource in Illness Narratives

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This chapter explains how the interplay of personal experience and cultural knowledge shapes illness narratives. It examines how cultural knowledge can become a resource in guiding remembering about the past and shows how individual accounts draw strength and supposed truth as they are found within accounts of a collective past. This chapter is grounded in cognitive theories of both memory and narrative.

Keywords: personal experience; cultural knowledge; illness narratives; collective past; cognitive theories; memory

Chapter.  7148 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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