Between visibility and invisibility: a place for sickscape in narrative medicine

Journal title SALUTE E SOCIETÀ
Author/s Cristina Lonardi
Publishing Year 2010 Issue 2010/2
Language Italian Pages 16 P. 67-82 File size 299 KB
DOI 10.3280/SES2010-002006
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Narrative Medicine tends to leave aside the sickscape, i.e. the social representation of illness. This is a failed opportunity for two reasons: avoiding the sickscape makes ill and illness de-socialized and there is no possibility for managing the stigma that characterizes many diseases: health, disease and death can not be reduced to their organic evidence, because they are influenced by society; social context produces social representation of illness that adversely affect the illness experiences, which are Nbm subject of interest: stigma and its management is particularly complicated in cases of invisible disease. Aim of this contribution is the discussion of these two points.

Keywords: Sickscape, Illness, Social representation, Invisibility, Stigma, Credibility.

Cristina Lonardi, Tra visibilità e invisibilità: un posto per la sickscape nella medicina narrativa in "SALUTE E SOCIETÀ" 2/2010, pp 67-82, DOI: 10.3280/SES2010-002006