Alan Blum
Publisher:
Intellect
The University of Chicago Press
Culture, Disease, and Well-Being: The Grey Zone of Health and Illness series
ISBN: 9781841503646

ISBN: 9781841503646

With The Grey Zone of Health and Illness, Alan Blum offers a new perspective, outlining a highly nuanced theoretical approach to health, illness, suffering and disease and the ethical and aesthetic implications of medical practice. Drawing on a range of thinkers from Plato to Lacan, the book identifies the Grey Zone as the persistence and function of ambiguity in everyday life that requires a complete rethinking of health and sickness, self-governance and negligence. A heady, cutting-edge intervention in a critical area of society, The Grey Zone of Health and Illness will have wide ramifications in the academy and beyond.

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Table of Contents:

Acknowledgements
Preface
The Grey Zone as Canon
Popular Versions of the Grey Zone
Introduction
Images of the Body
The Grey Zone as a Primordial Figure: Greek Origins
Form, Hypothetical, the Image
Likely Story
Conclusion
Ambiguity as a Social Phenomenon: Reshaping the Greeks
Views of the Original Division: Inner, Outer
Division as Split: Self-Knowledge
Analogy
Same and Other
Analysis
Division: Transposition
The Elemental Vision of the Split
Intersubjectivity
Dualism
The Magic of Aesthetics
The Enigma of Human Nature
The Dialogue
The Official History and the Unwritten Text
History
Absence and Presence
Stories
Seeing-as and History
Desire as the Inward Call
Professionalization
Enlightened Discourse
The Voice of the Patient
Being Real
March of Medical Science
Plato’s City of Pigs
The Force of the City
The Relationship of Knowledge to Life
Classic and Modern
Desire and Knowledge: Desire for Knowledge/Knowledge of Desire
Specialization and Excellence
Fascination
Excellence, Expertise
The Redefinition of Ethics: Applying Knowledge
Market Value: Knowledge as a Derivative
The City of Pigs as Travesty
Division of Labor
Blind Spot
Institutional Logic
Parsons’ Travesty of Health and Illness in Modern Society
The Sick Role
Secondary Gain
Conclusion
Health and the City
Unexamined Question
The Connection of Health to Death
Extending the Sense of Health
Birth, Death and the In-Between
Sources
Creativity and Corruption
Border Crossings
Analogical Thinking
The Epidemic
Variation as a Communal Problem
Polis
Infection
Doxa as Sickness and the City
Excess as a Social Force
On Being Old
Physical Decline/Passing Time
The Aged as a Minority Group
The Division in Age
Trajectories, Graph of Desire
The Body of Common Culture
Justice: Corporeal and Aesthetic
Fate, Symptom, Caricature
The Formula: Medicalization and Its Guises
Advance or Infantilization?
What Is Medicalization?
Being Classified
Weakness
Influences, Fate, Chance, Taking Hope
The Reassurance of the Mark
Towards a Grammar for Public Health
Prosthetics
The Imaginary of Medicalization
Prosthetic Desire
The Recurrence of the Body
The Materiality of Language
Stepping Over
Disfiguration
Commonplaces
Stress
The Body Has a Mind of Its Own
Mind Over Matter
Is a Person More Than a Body?
Habitualization
Expression
Symptom, Trauma
Moods of Being
Typification
Covering Up (aka: Repression)
Measuring Up and/or Not
Freud’s Scenario
Tongue-Tied and Talkative
Anxiety
Excursus on Disfigurement
Primal Scene/Discourse without Speech
Elementary Situation
Equality and Its Demands
The Mystery of Birth
Conclusion
Negations
Narrative and the Divided Line
First and Second Speaker
The Discourse of Mastery
The Remainder
The Body as Remains
Remains as Such
Life and Death
References