Languages of Labor: Negotiating the "Real" and the Relational in Indo-Fijian Women's Expressions of Physical Pain.

Show simple item record Trnka, Susanna en 2012-03-12T01:51:19Z en 2007 en
dc.identifier.citation Medical Anthropology Quarterly 21(4):388-408 01 Dec 2007 en
dc.identifier.issn 0745-5194 en
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dc.description.abstract Medical personnel in public clinics in Fiji routinely contend that state-funded medical resources are misallocated on patients who complain of, but do not actually experience, physical pain. Frequently, these patients are identified as being Indo-Fijian women (i.e., women of South Asian origin in Fiji). In this article, I examine clinical interactions between medical staff and female Indo-Fijian patients to demonstrate how “real” and ‘unreal’ pain are distinguished in the clinical setting and to indicate some of the roles clinical encounters play in community processes that ascribe alternative meanings to physical pain. Focusing on how both physicians and women patients foster certain interpretations of physical pain over others, I argue that the category of ‘unreal’ pain, as employed by Fiji’s physicians, consists of pain that medical professionals consider to be induced by psychological or physical, work-related stresses. I then show how Indo-Fijian women engage in a complementary but distinct discourse that emphasizes links between physical labor and pain and suggests that, in some cases, expressions of physical pain are as much an idiom of pride as an idiom of distress. en
dc.publisher American Anthropological Association en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Medical Anthropology Quarterly en
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dc.title Languages of Labor: Negotiating the "Real" and the Relational in Indo-Fijian Women's Expressions of Physical Pain. en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1525/MAQ.2007.21.4.388. en
pubs.issue 4 en
pubs.begin-page 388 en
pubs.volume 21 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: American Anthropological Association en
dc.identifier.pmid 18074904 en
pubs.end-page 408 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 72700 en Arts en Social Sciences en Anthropology en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2010-09-01 en
pubs.dimensions-id 18074904 en

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