Chapter

Remission

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226775364.003.0020
Remission

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This chapter presents the author's thoughts about going into remission. He says that entering the zone of remission puts one very much in the between. You find yourself in a foggy space between the once comfortable assumptions of your old life and the sudden uncomfortable expectations of your new life. Put another way, remission is an indeterminate state par excellence. You are neither sick nor healthy. Seen in this light, remission is an example of what the late Victor Turner called liminality.

Keywords: cancer; sickness; remission; anthropologists; liminality

Chapter.  2077 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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