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Author Beach, Wayne A.

Title Conversations about illness : family preoccupations with bulimia / Wayne A. Beach.

Published Mahwah, N.J. : L. Erlbaum Associates, [1996]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  616.85263 BEAC    AVAILABLE
Physical description xviii, 148 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Everyday communication.
Everyday communication.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 126-137) and indexes.
Summary The grandmother-granddaughter conversation examined in this book makes explicit what the detailed study of interaction reveals about two social problems--'bulumia' and 'grandparent caregiving.' For the first time, systematic attentions is given to interactional activities through which family members display ordinary yet contradictory concerns about health and illness. Through analysis of a single audio-recorded and transcribed conversation, the altogether pervasive and often troubled co-existence of family medical predicaments is revealed by treating families as primordial institutional systems whose talk about real or idealized medical concerns is little understood--including attempts to impose and disregard constraints regarding health behavior as displays of institutional orientations and priorities.
Subject Bulimia -- Patients -- Family relationships.
Communication in families -- Case studies.
Grandparent and child -- Case studies.
Conversation analysis.
Denial (Psychology) -- Case studies.
ISBN 0805817565 (alk. paper)
0805817573 (paperback: alk. paper)