Social and Cultural Lives of Immune Systems
James M. Wilce Jr.
Routledge, Sep 2, 2003 - Social Science - 328 pages
Social and Cultural Lives of Immune Systems introduces a provocative new hypothesis in medico-social theory - the theory that immunity and disease are in part socially constituted. It argues that immune systems function not just as biological entities but also as symbolic concepts charged with political significance. Bridging elements of psychology, sociology, body theory, immunology and medical anthropology, twelve papers from leading scholars explain some of the health-hazards of emotional and social pressure, whilst analysing the semiotic and social responses to the imagery of immunity.
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Telling stories The health benefits of disclosure
Relating to our worlds in a psychobiological context The impact of disclosure on selfgeneration and immunity
Metaphors our bodyminds live by
Immune to emotion The relative absence of emotion in PNI and its centrality to everything else
PNI in the wild Anthropological fieldwork using endocrine and immune variables
Childhood stress Endocrine and immune responses to psychosocial events
Civilization and its stressed discontents From individual stress to crossnational comparisons
The enigma of hypertension and psychosomatic illness Lessons for psychoneuroimmunology from beyond the conscious mind
Cultural variations in the placebo effect Ulcers anxiety and blood pressure
Corporeal flows The immune system global economies of food and new implications for health
Stressful encounters of an immunological kind The social dimensions of psychoneuroimmunology
Reflections on embodiment
Cultural congruity and the cortisol stress response among Dominican men
Life event stress and immune function in Samoan adolescents Toward a crosscultural psychoneuroimmunology
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