ME and its Discontents: Life Stories and Photo-Elicited Diaries of a Severe Chronic Illness
Gallagher, Sharon 2016. ME and its Discontents: Life Stories and Photo-Elicited Diaries of a Severe Chronic Illness. PhD Thesis University of East London Social Sciences https://doi.org/10.15123/PUB.5378
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) remains a controversial disease, shrouded in medical and social uncertainty. This thesis examines connections between language, space and representations of becoming diagnosed and living with the often severe effects of this chronic illness. Dominant medical and political institutions, often successful in funding, hold the power to drive the medical debates surrounding aetiology and treatment. As these institutions govern and wrangle over the ‘making’ of a definable truth, people are living with the ‘reality’ of illness. In order to address the issues of living with this chronic illness, this thesis examines 9 life stories and 8 subsequent Photo-Elicited Diaries of 2 males and 7 females diagnosed with ME (also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome).
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.15123/PUB.5378|
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|Deposited||21 Nov 2016|
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