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Social and Cultural Lives of Immune Systems : Theory and Practice in Medical Anthropology - James M. Wilce

Social and Cultural Lives of Immune Systems

Theory and Practice in Medical Anthropology

By: James M. Wilce (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 2nd June 2003
ISBN: 9780415310048
Number Of Pages: 318

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Social and Cultural Lives of Immune Systems introduces a provocative new hypothesis in medico-social theory - the theory that immunity and disease are in part socially constituted. It argues that immune systems function not just as biological entities but also as symbolic concepts charged with political significance. Bridging elements of psychology, sociology, body theory, immunology and medical anthropology, twelve papers from leading scholars explain some of the health-hazards of emotional and social pressure, whilst analysing the semiotic and social responses to the imagery of immunity.

Introduction: Social and Cultural Lives of Immune Systems in a Semiotic Universe
Theoretical Perspectives
Telling Stories: The health Benefits of Disclosure
Relating to Our Worlds in a Psychbiological Context: The Impact of Disclosure on Self-Generation and Immunity
Metaphors Our Bodyminds Live By
'Immune' to Emotion: The Relative Absence of Emotion in PNI, and Its Centrality to Everything Else
Pni in the Wild: Anthropological Fieldwork Using Endocrine and Immune Variables
Childhood Street: Endocrine and Immune Responses to Psychosocial Events
Cultural Congruity and the Cortisol Street Response among Dominican Men
Life Event Stress and Immune Function in Samoan Adolescents: Toward a Cross-Cultural Psychoneuroimmunology
Civilization and its Stressed Discontents: From Individual Stress to Cross-National Comparisons
The Enigma of Hypertension and Psychosomatic Illness: Lessons for Psychoneuroimmunology From Beyond the Conscious Mind
Cultural Variations in the Placebo effect: Ulcers, Anxiety and Blood Pressure
Corporeal Flows: The Immune System and the Political Economy of Food
Critical Retrospectives
Stressful Encounters of an Immunological Kind: The Social Dimensions of Psychoneuroimmunology
Reflections on Embodiment
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ISBN: 9780415310048
ISBN-10: 0415310040
Series: Theory and Practice in Medical Anthropology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 318
Published: 2nd June 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1

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