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3C Empresa     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
A contrario     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
A Practical Logic of Cognitive Systems     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Abant İzzet Baysal Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Abant Kültürel Araştırmalar Dergisi     Open Access  
Abordajes : Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanas     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
About Performance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies     Open Access  
Academicus International Scientific Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Access     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 26)
ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
ACCORD Occasional Paper     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Accountability in Research: Policies and Quality Assurance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Acta Academica     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Acta Scientiarum. Human and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Philologica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Adelphi series     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Adıyaman Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi     Open Access  
Adıyaman Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi / Adiyaman University Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Administrative Science Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 182)
Administrative Theory & Praxis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Adnan Menderes Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi     Open Access  
Adultspan Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Advances in Appreciative Inquiry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Advocate: Newsletter of the National Tertiary Education Union     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
África     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Africa Spectrum     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
African Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 65)
African Renaissance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
African Research Review     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
African Social Science Review     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Afrika Focus     Open Access  
Afyon Kocatepe Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi     Open Access  
Ágora : revista de divulgação científica     Open Access  
Ágora de Heterodoxias     Open Access  
Ağrı İbrahim Çeçen Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi     Open Access  
Ahi Evran Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi     Open Access  
Akademik Bakış Uluslararası Hakemli Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Akademik Hassasiyetler     Open Access  
Akademik İncelemeler Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Akademika : Journal of Southeast Asia Social Sciences and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Al Farabi Uluslararası Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi     Open Access  
Al-Mabsut : Jurnal Studi Islam dan Sosial     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Alinteri Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access  
Alliage     Free  
Alteridade     Open Access  
American Communist History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Anais do Congresso de Pesquisa e Extensão e da Semana de Ciências Sociais da UEMG/Barbacena     Open Access  
ANALES de la Universidad Central del Ecuador     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Anales de la Universidad de Chile     Open Access  
Análisis     Open Access  
Analysis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Andamios. Revista de Investigacion Social     Open Access  
Anduli : Revista Andaluza de Ciencias Sociales     Open Access  
Anemon Muş Alparslan Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi     Open Access  
Anka E-Dergi     Open Access  
Ankara University SBF Journal     Open Access  
Annals of Humanities and Development Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 44)
Annuaire de l’EHESS     Open Access  
Anthropocene Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Anthurium : A Caribbean Studies Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Approches inductives : Travail intellectuel et construction des connaissances     Full-text available via subscription  
Apuntes : Revista de Ciencias Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Apuntes de Investigación del CECYP     Open Access  
Arbor     Open Access  
Argomenti. Rivista di economia, cultura e ricerca sociale     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Argumentos : Revista do Departamento de Ciências Sociais da Unimontes     Open Access  
Argumentos. Revista de crítica social     Open Access  
Around the Globe     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Arquivos do CMD : Cultura, Memória e Desenvolvimento     Open Access  
Articulo - Journal of Urban Research     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Artvin Coruh University International Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access  
Asia Pacific Journal of Sport and Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Asian Journal of German and European Studies     Open Access  
Asian Journal of Quality of Life     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Asian Journal of Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Asian Journal of Social Sciences and Management Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Asian Social Science     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Astrolabio     Open Access  
Asya Araştırmaları Uluslararasi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi / Journal of Asian Studies     Open Access  
Atatürk Dergisi     Open Access  
Atatürk Üniversitesi Edebiyat Fakültesi Dergisi     Open Access  
Aurum Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access  
Australasian Review of African Studies, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Australian Aboriginal Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association Journal     Full-text available via subscription  
Australian Journal of Emergency Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 17)
Australian Journal on Volunteering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Balkan Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Bandung : Journal of the Global South     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
BARATARIA. Revista Castellano-Manchega de Ciencias sociales     Open Access  
Basic and Applied Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 41)
Basic Income Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Bayero Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Berkeley Undergraduate Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Beykent Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi     Open Access  
Bhakti Persada : Jurnal Aplikasi IPTEKS     Open Access  
Big Data & Society     Open Access   (Followers: 43)
Bildhaan : An International Journal of Somali Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Bilecik Şeyh Edebali University Journal of Social Science Institute     Open Access  
Bingöl Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi     Open Access  
Black Sea Journal of Public and Social Science     Open Access  
Black Women, Gender & Families     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
BMC Medical Ethics     Open Access   (Followers: 21)
Bodhi : An Interdisciplinary Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Body Image     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
BOGA : Basque Studies Consortium Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Boletín Cultural y Bibliográfico     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Border Crossing : Transnational Working Papers     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Brain and Cognition     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 37)
Brasiliana - Journal for Brazilian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
British Review of New Zealand Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Bulletin de l’Institut Français d’Études Andines     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Búsqueda     Open Access  
Caderno CRH     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
California Italian Studies Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Caminho Aberto : Revista de Extensão do IFSC     Open Access  
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Canadian Social Science     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Caribbean Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Castalia : Revista de Psicología de la Academia     Open Access  
Catalan Social Sciences Review     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Catalyst : A Social Justice Forum     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Catholic Social Science Review     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
CBU International Conference Proceedings     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cemoti, Cahiers d'études sur la méditerranée orientale et le monde turco-iranien     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Challenges     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Changing Societies & Personalities     Open Access  
China Journal of Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Chinese Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Cidadania em Ação : Revista de Extensão e Cultura: Notícias     Open Access  
Ciencia e Interculturalidad     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Ciência ET Praxis     Open Access  
Ciencia Sociales y Económicas     Open Access  
Ciencia y Sociedad     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Ciencia, Cultura y Sociedad     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ciencias Holguin     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Ciências Sociais Unisinos     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Ciencias Sociales y Educación     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
CienciaUAT     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Científic@ : Multidisciplinary Journal     Open Access  
Citizen Science : Theory and Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Citizenship Teaching & Learning     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Ciudad Paz-ando     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Civilizar Ciencias Sociales y Humanas     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Civitas - Revista de Ciências Sociais     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Claroscuro     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
CLIO América     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cogent Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Colección Académica de Ciencias Sociales     Open Access  
Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Communication, Politics & Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
Communities, Children and Families Australia     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Community Empowerment     Open Access  
Compendium     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Comprehensive Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Comuni@cción     Open Access  
Comunitania : Revista Internacional de Trabajo Social y Ciencias Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
ConCiencia     Open Access  
Confluenze Rivista di Studi Iberoamericani     Open Access  
Connections     Open Access  
Contemporary Journal of African Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Contemporary Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
CONTRA : RELATOS desde el Sur     Open Access  
Contribuciones desde Coatepec     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Convergencia     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cooperativismo y Desarrollo     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Corporate Reputation Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
CRDCN Research Highlight / RCCDR en évidence     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Creative and Knowledge Society     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Creative Approaches to Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Critical Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Critical Studies on Terrorism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32)
Crossing the Border : International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
CTheory     Open Access  
Cuadernos de la Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales - Universidad Nacional de Jujuy     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cuadernos Interculturales     Open Access  
Çukurova Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi     Open Access  
Cultural Studies Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Cultural Trends     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Culturales     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Culturas. Revista de Gestión Cultural     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Culture Mandala : The Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Culture Scope     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Cumhuriyet Üniversitesi Edebiyat Fakültesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi     Open Access  
Current Research in Social Sciences     Open Access  
Dalat University Journal of Science     Open Access  
De Prácticas y Discursos. Cuadernos de Ciencias Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Debats. Revista de cultura, poder i societat     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Decyzje     Open Access  
Demographic Research     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
Derecho y Ciencias Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Desacatos     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Desafios     Open Access  
Desenvolvimento em Questão     Open Access  

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Critical Psychology
Number of Followers: 9  
  Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
ISSN (Print) 1755-6341 - ISSN (Online) 1755-635X
Published by Springer-Verlag Homepage  [2352 journals]
  • “No Narrative, No Self”' Reconsidering dementia counter-narratives
           in Tell Mrs Mill Her Husband Is Still Dead
    • Authors: Rebecca A. Bitenc
      Pages: 128 - 143
      Abstract: This paper probes the possibilities and limits of the concepts of “narrative identity”, and “counter-narrative” in dementia life writing. Considering first the problematic status of autopathographies by people with dementia as counter-narratives, it then moves on to explore collaborative life stories co-produced with persons suffering from dementia. Focusing on the collection Tell Mrs Mill Her Husband Is Still Dead (Clegg in Tell Mrs Mill Her Husband Is Still Dead, 2010), it draws on ideas from conversational storytelling and small story research to reconsider how identity claims and counter-narratives are made in collaborative dementia life writing. Despite the fact that life stories by people with dementia may be considered “broken narratives”, the present analysis highlights how people with dementia continue to use these fragmentary narratives to make identity claims, to critique their care environment, and to make sense of their often confusing world.
      PubDate: 2018-07-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41286-018-0049-y
      Issue No: Vol. 11, No. 2 (2018)
  • Making sense of the evolving nature of depression narratives and their
           inherent conflicts
    • Authors: Damien Ridge
      Abstract: Originally a psychiatric diagnosis fashioned by Western psychiatry in the twentieth century, depression evolved to encompass varying lineages of discourse and care. This article elucidates some of the current challenges—as well as emerging discourses—influencing the category of depression. Depression-like experiences are shaped by (at times conflicting) subjectivities, claims to knowledge, material realities, social contexts and access to resources. With no unified understanding of the category of ‘depression’ available, lay people, social scientists and neuroscientists, GPs, psychiatrists, talking therapists and pharmaceutical companies all attempt to shape narratives of depression. The current paper focuses on patient narratives about depression—in the context of these wider debates—to better elucidate the ways in which depression discourses are publicly developing along varying lines. In conclusion, the paper suggests that we could better conceptualise the resulting ‘depression(s)’ with concepts such as ‘society of mind’ and notions of subjectivity unbounded by individuals.
      PubDate: 2018-04-27
      DOI: 10.1057/s41286-018-0048-z
  • Care(less) encounters: early maternal distress and the haunted clinic
    • Authors: Meredith Stone; Renata Kokanović; Alex Broom
      Abstract: In this paper we consider early maternal distress and clinical care, drawing on narratives of women interviewed to populate an Australian health information website. We consider the notion of ‘care barriers’, which has become popular in the biomedical literature as a means of explaining why ‘not enough’ women seek out clinical care. As an alternative to barriers we propose ‘care entanglements’, offering a way of conceptualizing socioculturally situated and biographically embedded formalized care. In part we argue that clinical encounters are ‘haunted’ by women’s biographies, circulating discourses, and the relational clinical moment, which accounts for why some women reject formalized care. However we also contend that many women have in fact already ‘slipped through’ to the clinic, whether this be in their adoption of medical language to describe their distress, or in their enactments in designated clinical spaces. Finally we reflect more broadly on the maternal, care and distress.
      PubDate: 2018-04-26
      DOI: 10.1057/s41286-018-0047-0
  • Biometrics, affect, autoaffection and the phenomenological voice
    • Authors: Mickey Vallee
      Abstract: This article explores recent relationships between voice and subjectivity in the context of voice recognition technology. The voice is usually framed as a reflection of, if not estrangement from, subjectivity. The underlying assumption is that the voice proliferates in multiple directions and, as such, contributes towards the decentring of subjectivity. Such a perspective is popular amongst those who carry out a posthumanist methodology: namely, that attributes of subjectivity can be reframed so as to diminish human exceptionalism. However, the recent popularity of voice recognition technology poses a new challenge to the decentred subject. This article explores such a challenge by arguing that voice recognition technology resituates the subject with a primordial auto-affection, which is a term introduced by Jacques Derrida. The paper thus examines voice recognition technology as an instrumental case study, intending to explore theoretical positions on the phenomenological voice and its implications for understanding contemporary biometrics. By doing so, the article revisits the notion that the voice and subjectivity rest at the centre of recent experiences with voice recognition technology. While such an argument does not intend to displace the admirable approaches to voice mentioned, it does situate affect, voice, and technology historically as a coordinated effort for new affectively based modes of social control.
      PubDate: 2018-04-23
      DOI: 10.1057/s41286-018-0044-3
  • Politics of negative affect: intergenerational hauntings, counter-archival
           practices and the queer memory project
    • Authors: Ana Dragojlovic
      Abstract: The article advances theorisation about intergenerational hauntings and affect theory, to argue that the intergenerational transmission of affect is not only autonomous and non-intentional, but that affective politics can be intentionally mobilised in order to challenge silenced histories of abuse, violence, and shame. Focusing on the installation Romantic Detachment by Naro Snackey, an Indisch (Indo-Dutch) artist, the article explores how counter-archival practices insist on evoking negative or unhappy affect by engaging in embodied performances of human and non-human bodies, aiming to surprise and shock at the visceral level. By reworking and reconceptualising old family photographs that represent the ‘good old days’, Snackey’s installation ferociously resists normative representations of family, loyalty, heterosexual kinship and happiness, insisting instead on creating a counter-narrative to conventional forms of Indisch memory work. This queer memory project invests in reimagining queer Indisch futurity, which is otherwise repressed by post-colonial racialised regimes of citizenship imposed on interracial subjects.
      PubDate: 2018-04-20
      DOI: 10.1057/s41286-018-0046-1
  • Miseducation: inequality, education and the working classes. Diane Reay
           (Policy Press, 2017)
    • Authors: Francesca Ashurst
      PubDate: 2018-04-16
      DOI: 10.1057/s41286-018-0045-2
  • Anxiety and the making of research(ing) subjects in neoliberal academia
    • Authors: Kristiina Brunila; Paola Valero
      Abstract: Based on the crafting of seven fictional stories, the making of academic subjects in universities in times of neoliberal ethos is examined. The simultaneous configuration of subjects and objects of research is grasped in the term research(ing) subjects. Neoliberal governing generates the affect of anxiety as a socially manufactured intensity connected to precarity. We claim that the power effects of neoliberal configurations through the affect of anxiety is a particular governing strategy of subjectivation, and that its effects in making both researching and research subjects direct toward an economic logic where the self of academics and their work is shaped as insufficient. Putting the gaze on research(ing) subjects and anxiety is a way to disclosing the public secret of governing through affect and thus reimagining possibilities for resistance and meaningful academic work.
      PubDate: 2018-01-04
      DOI: 10.1057/s41286-017-0043-9
  • Subjectivity and illness narratives
    • Authors: Renata Kokanović; Jacinthe Flore
      Pages: 329 - 339
      PubDate: 2017-12-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41286-017-0038-6
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 4 (2017)
  • Shared subjectivities: enigmatic moments and mundane intimacies
    • Authors: Robin Wooffitt
      Abstract: This paper describes a phenomenon in everyday interpersonal interaction in which one participant displays an awareness of another’s subjectivity via unusual turn design: a word selection error or a phrase that is conspicuously ill-fitted to the interactional moment for which it was produced. This phenomenon, called poetic confluence, has enigmatic properties, in that these oddities seem to exhibit one person’s apparent awareness of a co-participant’s interior subjectivity. The phenomenon is traced historically, via work in psychoanalysis and studies of conversational interaction. Three examples from the author’s corpus of instances are examined to identify the transactional dynamics that may be mediated in poetic confluence. The paper concludes by arguing that studies of the relationship between subjectivity and social action may be usefully informed by observations from research on everyday social interaction.
      PubDate: 2017-12-20
      DOI: 10.1057/s41286-017-0041-y
  • On becoming political: the political in subjectivity
    • Authors: Jouni Häkli; Kirsi Pauliina Kallio
      Abstract: This article explores mundane political agency. We introduce the notion of the political ordinary as agency based on the capacity of human beings to carry out acts that are undetermined and unexpected, and thus capable of challenging, opposing, negotiating, maintaining, and readjusting prevailing conditions. We approach subjectivity from a pragmatist and phenomenological point of view and argue that it is the condition of possibility of political agency. The paper demonstrates how political subjectivity can be located in the ways in which people take up issues that stand out as important to them. To this end, we look into the everyday life experiences of an eleven-year-old girl whose struggles related to proposed subject positions provide examples of mundane political agency. We conclude by arguing that political agency is the subject’s action when in a state of becoming prompted by future-oriented demands and contingencies of social life.
      PubDate: 2017-12-15
      DOI: 10.1057/s41286-017-0040-z
  • Diagnostic refusals, temporality, and subjectivity among
           “non-compliant” sufferers of asthma
    • Authors: Susanna Trnka
      Abstract: Medical guidelines define asthma as a chronic lung disease usually treated with daily, preventative medication. A significant proportion of asthma sufferers, however, reject understandings of asthma as chronic, based on their experiences of bouts of breathlessness that are frightening but often episodic and short-lived. This paper considers the experiential aspects of asthma among New Zealanders and explores the interplays between pharmaceutical temporalities and the temporalities of respiratory distress. Focusing on asthma sufferers who eschew preventative medication, I argue that while standardized treatment programs assume a particular mode of reckoning time, sufferers can engage in radically different ways of temporalizing the symptom and the subject, indicating the need for a new conceptualization of what “non-compliance” may entail.
      PubDate: 2017-12-15
      DOI: 10.1057/s41286-017-0039-5
  • Too much' Excessive sexual experiences in bisexual women’s life
    • Authors: Annukka Lahti
      Abstract: This article explores bisexual women’s sexual experiences at the edges of or between relationships. It draws on the follow-up interviews of a longitudinal interview set conducted in 2005 and 2014–2015 with bisexual women and their partners, who do not identify as bisexuals. Bisexual women’s spontaneous, detailed and affective narrations of sexual experiences in the follow-up interviews caught the author’s attention. Although the experiences were often narrated as pleasurable, they could be overwhelming, and women also expressed concern that they were excessive, “too much”. The analysis of the women’s accounts utilizes and develops a psychosocial concept of excess. It reveals that the excessiveness of the women’s sexual experiences is constituted by bisexuality and monogamy-related norms that restrict women’s sexuality, and also by the non-rational psychic dimensions of these experiences. Within the normative limits of feminine sexuality, sexuality’s excess often plays a propulsive role as the women strive to become sexual subjects.
      PubDate: 2017-12-13
      DOI: 10.1057/s41286-017-0042-x
  • Carer narratives of fatigue and endurance in Japan and England
    • Authors: Jason Danely
      Abstract: Caring for an elderly person often requires constant attention, physically challenging tasks, and emotional strain, all of which accumulate over periods and manifest as fatigue. Despite the prevalence of descriptions of fatigue in carer narratives, and the massive clinical literature on ‘carer burden’ and ‘exhaustion’, the significance of fatigue as a component of care rather than a mere by-product has not been fully explored. Drawing on Levinas’ phenomenological theory of fatigue I argue that experiences of fatigue shape carer subjectivities as both vulnerable and enduring, qualities that are essential for inaugurating new ways of being towards and taking ethical responsibility for the cared-for. At the same time, fatigue can become tragic if not supported by social and cultural narratives that recognize it and give it value.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
      DOI: 10.1057/s41286-017-0037-7
  • Terminal anticipation: entanglements of affect and temporality in living
           with advanced cancer
    • Authors: Katherine Kenny; Alex Broom; Emma Kirby; David Wyld; Zarnie Lwin
      Abstract: Narrative approaches within the social sciences have tended to privilege narrative coherence, with the thematic and sequential progression of one’s story from beginning through middle to end often seen as a virtue and as a hallmark of strong narrative identity. Illness narratives, however, often disrupt this temporal order insofar as they render the future—and thus the narrative’s end—uncertain. Advanced cancer calls the duration, even possibility, of one’s future into question, challenging the normative construction of temporally coherent narratives. In this paper, we draw on recent work theorising contemporary orientations towards the future under the rubric of ‘anticipation’ to analyse the illness narratives and embodied experiences of people living with advanced cancer. We show how the lived experience of precarious selfhood produced in relation to uncertain futures resists coherent narrativisation. We argue that attending to the affective presence of the future in the present and challenging the normativity of narrative coherence are important dimensions of contemporary cancer narratives.
      PubDate: 2017-09-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41286-017-0034-x
  • “They brought you back to the fact you’re not the same”: Sense of
           self after traumatic brain injury
    • Authors: Petra Mäkelä
      Abstract: This paper considers contexts following traumatic brain injury, exploring what may be at stake when dominant expectations predict a ‘lost’ or ‘broken’ self. I explore stories co-constructed with one young man and his mother to illustrate their personal and intersubjective understandings of identity, at times conflicting, within family interactions and when encountering normative practices of neurorehabilitation clinicians. The power relations portrayed confront this man’s narrative attempts to align his present and pre-injury self, including standard assessments delineating change, administered by healthcare professionals. I consider a need for greater attention to interaction-generated disruption to sense of self, within contemporary conceptualisations of ‘person-centred care’.
      PubDate: 2017-08-29
      DOI: 10.1057/s41286-017-0036-8
  • “Subject to pain: Ricoeur, Foucault, and emplotting discourses in an
           illness narrative”
    • Authors: Seamus Barker
      Abstract: Drawing on Foucault’s notion of subjectification and Ricoeur’s narrative theory, and theory of a narrative human subject, ‘Subject to pain’ considers what might be at stake if incommensurable scientific and medical discourses, with different potentials for emplotment into narrative, accumulate in a culture around the signifier, “pain”. It then closely reads a short personal pain narrative, ‘Marcus: Injured lifting a child,’ and uncovers there the operation of such conflicting discourses, which produce contradictory implications, when narrativised, of causal and moral responsibility for pain, complicating Marcus’s own emplotted self-understanding, including as it is influenced by audience reception. “Subject to pain” thus engages with a multifaceted question: how might we understand—and respond to—interrelationships between (a) a human subject, (b) their subjectivity, (c) discourses of pain in that subject’s culture, and (d) an autobiographical illness narrative created by that subject, and that read by other human subjects'
      PubDate: 2017-08-22
      DOI: 10.1057/s41286-017-0035-9
  • Adjuvant chemotherapy: an autoethnography
    • Authors: Trisha Greenhalgh
      Abstract: Adjuvant chemotherapy is given after surgery for early stage cancer. It aims to cure. Though potentially toxic, it has dramatically improved survival for some cancers. This paper offers an autoethnographic exploration of three kinds of strangeness that I encountered during a 12-week course of adjuvant chemotherapy for early breast cancer: the material strangeness of what was done to me; the lived-body strangeness of receiving chemotherapy (which makes people sick to make them well) and the existential strangeness of reconstructing my broken narrative. In a discussion, I consider four aspects of autoethnography of deep illness against which this account and its telling might be judged: ethnographic legitimacy (does it meet the standards of analytic social science'), autobiographical legitimacy (is it compelling as literature'), existential ethics (am I, the wounded storyteller, protected from harm') and relational ethics (have I discharged my duties towards those implicated in the text and its interpretation').
      PubDate: 2017-08-21
      DOI: 10.1057/s41286-017-0033-y
  • Subjectivity in a context of environmental change: opening new dialogues
           in mental health research
    • Authors: Sonia Regina da Cal Seixas; Richard Joseph Nunes
      Abstract: In a period of unstable experimentation with challenges of globalization of associated risks, and disenchantment with ‘enduring injustice’, we bring forward a consideration of subjectivity to the study of environmental change and mental health. We begin by identifying how mainstream climate change and mental health studies are unable to explain the emergent and co-evolutionary pathways of agency. As a means of freeing these studies of their objective dimensions of linear-causation, we argue in favour of a re-positioning of subjectivity within an appreciation of recognition conflicts and beyond the over-deterministic interpretations of power centres—state, market or religion. We draw on one example of scientific research that was conducted in a region undergoing strong environmental, social and cultural changes, in the state of São Paulo/Brazil, with the aim to open mental health research to new dialogues, to which we contribute with the notion of the ‘pluriversal subject’.
      PubDate: 2017-07-11
      DOI: 10.1057/s41286-017-0032-z
  • Hope as a performative affect: feminist struggles against death and
    • Authors: Eirini Avramopoulou
      Abstract: Exploring the limits of language when one needs to translate hope between the local and the transnational, this paper focuses on a silent feminist protest that took place in memory of an Italian performance artist who was found raped and dead in Istanbul, Turkey in 2008. My analysis stems from research material collected during eighteen months of fieldwork and engages with post-structuralist theories and feminist and queer studies in order to argue against recent theories that locate affect outside language, representation and discourse. By highlighting the performative components of political language in its tight relation to affective dispositions, I argue that the activist women’s silent protest was not speechless, but instead echoed the long history of the feminist movement fighting against male violence and sexual harassment, as well as the feminists’ (lost) hopes for changes and social transformation.
      PubDate: 2017-06-15
      DOI: 10.1057/s41286-017-0031-0
  • Immunity and contagion as two modes of biopolitics
    • Authors: Audronė Žukauskaitė
      Abstract: The essay questions the notion of political and biological identity as the main premise of biopolitical philosophy. Foucault, Agamben, and Esposito demonstrated that modern biopolitical theories rest on the distinction between self and non-self, propriety and impropriety, immunity and contagion. In order to confront these biopolitical distinctions, the essay seeks to question the notion of identity and replace it with that of multiplicity or assemblage. Following on from Deleuze and Guattari’s ideas on multiplicity and Esposito’s notion of affirmative biopolitics, the essay seeks to redefine subjectivity as a process of individuation and differentiation, which can accept the elements of non-self. The essay discusses specific examples in bioart and biomedicine which reveal the body as a fusional multiplicity where different molecular populations interact. This interface, or the affective dimension of the body, is understood as an instance of affirmative biopolitics and a positive way to encounter the other.
      PubDate: 2017-04-27
      DOI: 10.1057/s41286-017-0028-8
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