Sociology of Health and Medicine

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Mike Bury (2001) has undertaken a considerable amount of research on illness narratives and its different forms. Illness narratives and narrative analysis can be evaluated through three different types. The first is contingent narratives, ‘which address beliefs about the origins of disease, the proximate causes of an illness episode, and the immediate effects of illness in everyday life’ (Bury 2011, p. 263). Secondly, another form of narratives are moral narratives, which ‘provide accounts of (and help to constitute) changes between the person, the illness and social identity, and which help to (re) establish the moral status of the individual or help to maintain social distance’ (Bury 2011, p. 263). Lastly, Bury defined the third form of narrative as the type of core, a form ‘that reveal[s] connections between the lay person’s experiences and deeper cultural levels of meaning attached to suffering and illness’ (Bury 2011 p. 263). These definitions of the different types of narrative analysis assist in understanding the accounts that are presented by individuals whom discuss their health concern in a narrative concept. The chosen concern and debate in health and medicine that has been chosen for this discussion is the narrative analysis of the link between marijuana use and work/school performance, which was produced by Moravek, Johnson & Dunlap (2007). Through this enriched understanding of the importance, value and meaning of narrative analysis, the effects of this concern of health and medicine are much easily grasped. In this narrative research, various positive and negative consequences have been outlined by those participants’ accounts that have partaken in this research. Of the 92 participants involved, there were semi-stru...

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