Clinical, Critical and Cultural Perspectives on Health and Illness
By (author) Malcolm Maclachlan
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Embodiment by Malcolm Maclachlan
Book DescriptionThis is the first book to explore the idea of embodiment across a wide range of clinical contexts. Adopting a critical and cultural perspective, the book stresses the importance of understanding people through their lived experiences and constructions of their own body. The book: challenges both the mind-body dichotomy and the biopsychosocial model; examines the clinical significance of people's experience of 'being a body' through a broad range of health and illness experiences, in particular when the body is distressed, diseased, disordered, disabled or dismembered; and, provides insight into the physical and emotional experiences of individuals through its empathetic style. Drawing a parallel with innovative work on neural plasticity, the author illustrates how we are now in an age of body plasticity, where our body boundaries are becoming increasingly ambiguous, allowing more degrees of freedom and offering more opportunities than ever before to overcome physical limitations.From anorexia to amputation, Botox to body dysmorphic disorder, phantom limbs to acute and chronic pain, the book considers a broad range of bodily experiences. Drawing on research from diverse areas including health and clinical psychology, neuroscience, medicine, nursing, anthropology, philosophy and sociology, this book is essential reading for students across all these disciplines.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780335209590
(90mm x 60mm x 5mm)
Imprint: Open University Press
Publisher: Open University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Malcolm Maclachlan
Humanitarian Work Psychology, Hardback (April 2012)
Contextualizing Humanitarian work in history, justice, methods and professional ethics, this book articulates process skills for transformational partnerships between diverse organizations, motivating education, organisational learning and selecting the disaster workforce.
Aid Triangle, Paperback (June 2010)
Focuses on the human dynamics of the myriad relationships underlying international aid; from impoverished farmers to aid workers; donor diplomats to multilateral beaurocrats; and, celebrities to activists. This book illustrates how the aid system incorporates power relationships, and therefore relationships of dominance.
Culture and Health, Hardback (April 2006)
Most Western health professionals practice in multicultural societies. The influence of culture on illness, health and rehabilitation is therefore very important. Despite this, most lower level health psychology texts skim over these differences and assume our traditional biomedical approach will be appropriate for all.
Cultivating Health, Hardback (October 2000)» View all books by Malcolm Maclachlan
* How can HIV infection be reduced among commercial sex workers?* Why are alternative therapies becoming increasingly popular?* How can Eastern philosophies and therapies be integrated into Western therapies? These are just some examples of the practical problems and policy issues that Cultivating Health addresses.
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Author Biography - Malcolm Maclachlan
Malcolm MacLachlan is based at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
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