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Title:

Societal and political meaning of patients’ voices as evinced in breast cancer patographies

Creator:

Zierkiewicz, Edyta

Subject and Keywords:

auto-representation ; breast cancer survivors ; pathography ; published illness narratives ; social change

Abstract:

The purpose of this essay is to present the meaning of patographies, i. e. individually conceived narratives about suffering or sickness made available to wider audiences in a written format, shared within the public spheres of western societies. Patographies underlie a phenomenon that not only contributes to an increase in health literacy among their readers. First and foremost, „admitting” to one’s illness enables people hitherto stigmatized to reintegrate into their local communities, to become an expert in the fields of recovery and living in remission, and – by openly sharing their opinions about the healing process and the effectiveness of public institutions they had dealings with in its course – to exert influence over physicians, politicians and other public officials, thus bringing about changes in the field of medicine and public health.

Place of publishing:

Wrocław

Publisher:

Instytut Pedagogiki Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego

Date issued:

2018

Identifier:

ISBN 978-83-62618-37-8

DOI:

10.34616/22.19.016

Language:

pol

Relation:

Komunikacja a zmiana społeczna, s. 231-240

Licence:

Rules of usage of Digital Library of Wroclaw University

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Rights holder:

© Copyright by Edyta Zierkiewicz

Location of original object:

Biblioteka Instytutu Pedagogiki UWr

Autor opisu:

h.w.