“Even if we Don't Have Children [we] Can Live”

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:
“Even if we Don't Have Children [we] Can Live”

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This chapter draws on the sociolinguistic tradition of narrative analysis and closely examines the emergence of meaning in an interview setting. The analysis presented in this chapter is situated in relation to the problem of infertility in India and the huge stigma attached to those who cannot conceive. The discussion moves between general feminist and cultural concerns and the in-depth analysis of a set of narrative performance. The chapter also includes the author's own shifting interpretations of the stories she is told and how she changes her understanding of them.

Keywords: sociolinguistic tradition; narrative analysis; interview setting; problem of infertility; feminist concerns; cultural concerns; narrative performance

Chapter.  9905 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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