Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Vulnerability and the Politics of CareTransdisciplinary Dialogues$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Victoria Browne, Jason Danely, and Doerthe Rosenow

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266830

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266830.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM BRITISH ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.britishacademy.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright British Academy, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in BASO for personal use.date: 13 June 2021

The Politics of Care: From Biomedical Transformation to Narrative Vulnerability

The Politics of Care: From Biomedical Transformation to Narrative Vulnerability

Chapter:
(p.151) 7 The Politics of Care: From Biomedical Transformation to Narrative Vulnerability
Source:
Vulnerability and the Politics of Care
Author(s):

Jackie Leach Scully

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266830.003.0010

The fact that illness creates vulnerability is taken for granted. In this chapter, however, I consider whether a biomedical intervention that ‘rescues’ a person from illness or disability necessarily reduces vulnerability. Biomedical intervention transforms a life story and so renders an ongoing identity narrative (temporarily) unusable; in doing so it generates forms of narrative vulnerability. This can be particularly damaging in situations when a new identity narrative is not readily available – if the intervention is very novel, for example. When biomedical interventions transform the lives of chronically ill or disabled people they alter identities as well as health status, and against the more tangible vulnerabilities of illness and impairment, narrative vulnerability is easily overlooked. Working from a personal example of dramatic and persisting narrative vulnerability following catastrophic organ failure and transplantation, I explore some of the consequences for patients and providers of care.

Keywords:   vulnerability, narrative vulnerability, transplantation, illness, disability, identity, identity narrative

British Academy Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.