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Stigma Stories: Rhetoric, Lived Experience, and Chronic Illness

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posted on 09.05.2022, 16:03 by Molly Kessler

In Stigma Stories: Rhetoric, Lived Experience, and Chronic Illness, Molly Margaret Kessler focuses on ostomies and gastrointestinal conditions to show how stigma is nearly as central to living with chronic conditions as the conditions themselves. Drawing on a multi-year study that includes participant observations, interviews, and rhetorical engagement with public health campaigns, blogs, social media posts, and news articles, Stigma Stories advocates for a rhetorical praxiographic approach that is attuned to the rhetorical processes, experiences, and practices in which stigma is enacted or countered.

Engaging interdisciplinary conversations from the rhetoric of health and medicine, disability studies, narrative medicine, and sociology, Kessler takes an innovative look at how stigma functions on individual, interpersonal, and societal levels. In doing so, Kessler reveals how  stories and lived experiences have much to teach us not only about how stigma functions but also about how it can be dismantled.

Funding

University of Minnesota as part of the TOME initiative

History

Publication date

2022

ISBN (Open Access)

9780814282106

ISBN (Print - Cloth)

9780814214916

ISBN (Print - Paper)

9780814258330

Publisher Name

Ohio State University Press