The body has come to provide a central site for theory and debate from social theory to cultural studies. This important volume looks beyond psychologyÆs traditional biological body to explore what insights can be gained from recent theories of embodiment. Taking the body as inscribed by social and disciplinary practices, leading contributors explore a wide range of psychological topics in new and challenging ways. Questions surrounding health, gender, history, and culture are addressed in contexts such as the psychology of pain, the treatment of anorexia nervosa, and psychologyÆs relationship to transgender activists. The Body and Psychology brings cross-disciplinary perspectives to bear on the psychological body and, in the process, succeeds in drawing attention to the many embodied qualities of its subject matter. This book will make compelling reading for students and academics in psychology, sociology, and health and cultural studies.
Chapter 10: The Psychology and Management of Pain: Gate Control as Theory and Symbol
The Psychology and Management of Pain: Gate Control as Theory and Symbol
Abstract. The theory and treatment of pain have undergone major changes since 1950. Significant has been the gate control theory of pain, first described in 1965. This theory symbolizes a new epistemology and praxis of pain by redefining pain as a process. The redefinition legitimated new treatment possibilities for pain, making all of a patient's existence fair game for professional management. Social uses of the new psychology of pain are examined, in the context of a critique of the object of medical knowledge and power, the patient as a ‘person’. In the name of overcoming Cartesian dualism (which today carries a negative ...