Immunology and Illness Experience

in The Age of Immunology

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780226568126
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226568140 | DOI:
Immunology and Illness Experience

Show Summary Details


Bringing powerful metaphors to consciousness is a primary means by which one resists undesirable and stigmatizing transformations of identity, even if that same self-consciousness functions elsewhere to inhibit transformations that may have beneficial outcomes. Rationality is, then, both a guardian against the unpredictable outcomes of dissociative behavior and the very thing that inhibits human change. The unselfconscious embodiment of modes of behavior (and of the metaphorical structures that socially convey meaning in local settings) is not in every instance to be criticized either for its inapplicability to local living, or for its damaging outcomes when metaphors exert real power over human intercourse. In fact, having such paradigmatic constructs available is so much a fundamental part of human relations as to make the idea of culture unthinkable without them.

Keywords: consciousness; dissociative behavior; human relations; unselfconsciousness; consciousness

Chapter.  11541 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.