Mittwoch, 29. Mrz 2017, 17:00 - 18:30 iCal

Wednesday Seminar

Living with an invisible chronic illness: body, conflicts and resistances

Lina Mansana

Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie; HS-C
Universitätsstraße 7 (NIG); 4. Stock, 1010 Wien


Some chronic illnesses may not be visible to the gaze of others. Invisibility may result from mistaking a sick person for a healthy one whose appearance conforms to socially accepted ideas about the healthy body. Invisibility hides the experience of suffering, obscuring the situation of disability or dependency associated with many chronic illnesses, and the bodily constraints and consequent needs of sick persons. Social and self-identity is grounded in social interaction, in the (re)presentation of the self through bodily performance. Drawing from ethnographic material from my dissertation research on the experience and management of chronicity in Catalonia (Spain), this communication will address the question of the social treatment of the body exploring the explanatory models of these ambiguous ‘healthy-sick’ bodies in order to shed light on how

invisibly ill persons learn to cope with the paradoxical situations in which they find themselves.


Lina Masana is a social and cultural anthropologist specialized in medical anthropology. Her fields of expertise are ethnography, qualitative research and narrative analysis, especially concerning health/illness and social care topics. She explored widely the topic of chronic illnesses experience and management.

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