Immunology and the Village of the Healthy

in The Power of the Between

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226775340
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226775364 | DOI:
Immunology and the Village of the Healthy

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This chapter narrates the author's thoughts upon being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2001. He discusses how immunological metaphors play a central role in how we organize our thinking about cancer, how we use immunology to distinguish the village of the healthy from the village of the sick. He suggests that cancer remains a “war” between selves and “not-selves.” This metaphorical fact, in turn, evokes themes more appropriate to military culture.

Keywords: cancer; anthropologists; non-Hodgkin lymphoma; illness; selves; immunology

Chapter.  2817 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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