This is the second book in the three-volume series Communication Processes.
Communication Processes, Volume 2 argues that communication, an exchange of symbols, is the essence of society and that this exchange is the foundation on which the human collective is based. It explores how the collective sense of self is defined either with reference to, or in defiance of, dominant existing traditions. The essays in the volume highlight the links between culture studies and the use of communication in binding together a community, also providing a voice to the unheard and unsung.
Beginning by describing the pertinence of communication to grasping the overall substance of social reality, the volume is divided into the following three parts:
Fonts of Self Identity: this section looks at the emergence and construction ...
Chapter 2: Symbolic Facets of Medical Power
Symbolic Facets of Medical Power
In correspondence with changing civilizational contexts and their cultural representations, medical power operates, in its own way, to enforce established social orders through varying symbolic forms carved into health care practices. For instance, the extreme medicalization of the natural biological processes of ...