Cultural ontologies of cancer in India

Broom, A and Kenny, K and Bowden, V and Muppavaram, N and Chittem, Mahati (2017) Cultural ontologies of cancer in India. Critical Public Health. ISSN 0958-1596 (In Press)

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India has undergone a considerable epidemiological transition in the past few decades. The rise of cancer and other chronic illnesses has, and will continue to have, a substantial impact on the overall burden of disease, as well as the lived experiences of illness in India. Little is known about the cultural inflection of cancer in the Indian medical, historical and religious/spiritual landscape, which is both highly varied and rapidly changing. Here, we explore some of the issues emergent from individuals’ experiences of illness including their understandings of cancer, its ‘origins’, its meanings and subsequent everyday experiences. Drawing on interviews with 40 people with cancer in Hyderabad, we focus on the cultural ontologies of cancer in India, the social moralities and evolving individual responsibilisation around cancer, and some of the affective dimensions of these interpretations of illness.

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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: India, cancer, qualitative research
Subjects: Social sciences > Asian Studies
Arts > Liberal arts
Divisions: Department of Liberal Arts
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2017 08:53
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