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`This book constitutes a valuable resource for postgraduate students and researchers. Most.... of the chapters succeed in providing a clear and comprehensive introduction to the various approaches and//or methods, thus enabling the reader to make an informed decision about whether or not they wish to pursue the topic further. The book as a whole is also very well referenced and this makes it a source of essential information for students and researchers with an interest in qualitative health psychology' - Health Psychology Update This book explains the role of qualitative research within health psychology. Theories and methods from a qualitative perspective are highly varied but, in general, differ from the po
Chapter 6: Making Sense of Illness Experiences: Integrating the Cultural-historical and Local-Situated Levels for Understanding Meaning
Making Sense of Illness Experiences: Integrating the Cultural-historical and Local-Situated Levels for Understanding Meaning
Making sense of illness events is a process that integrates two levels of socially constructed contents: the collective level associated with the circulation of ideas and socially instituted practices, and the inter-subjective level of dialogical interchanges in daily life. Making sense is fundamentally a linguistic phenomenon, although it may also rely on non-verbal signals. Language is here addressed essentially as action, and more specifically as situated language-use. As such, focus is placed on the communicative function of language, rather than its grammatical and stylistic aspects. This approach to language draws heavily on some of the tenets of ...