Chronic Fatigue: An Ethnography: Exploring the Social by Stuart Hardman

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Which maintains his relation to the social order [and] enabled him to cling tenuously to the everyday world‖ (Ibid). 18. The Making and Unmaking of Worlds In discussing the nature of grief and mourning as a way of being in the world Good (1994) suggests that ―[f]or the mourner, the world... nature appears alien‖ (Ibid: 130-1). When healing has taken place the world is reconstituted or put back together and the conversation with 'the environment' resumes (Ibid). The resumption of this conversation with 'the world' is often a long and tortuous process and Good (1994) posits that ritual work is often aimed precisely at rebuilding the ―conventional world, returning solidity to the social order of the survivors, returning the ―houseness‖ to our houses, the ―streetness‖ to our streets, masking the absolute change that has occurred‖ (Ibid).

Which maintains his relation to the social order [and] enabled him to cling tenuously to the everyday world‖ (Ibid). 18. The Making and Unmaking of Worlds In discussing the nature of grief and mourning as a way of being in the world Good (1994) suggests that ―[f]or the mourner, the world... nature appears alien‖ (Ibid: 130-1). When healing has taken place the world is reconstituted or put back together and the conversation with 'the environment' resumes (Ibid). The resumption of this conversation with 'the world' is often a long and tortuous process and Good (1994) posits that ritual work is often aimed precisely at rebuilding the ―conventional world, returning solidity to the social order of the survivors, returning the ―houseness‖ to our houses, the ―streetness‖ to our streets, masking the absolute change that has occurred‖ (Ibid).

Chapter 16: 'Lifeworlds' as Worlds of Experience, introduces the notion of the lived worlds of experience which are the subjectively lived lives of chronic fatigue sufferers. Chapter 17: Symbolization; the Struggle for a Name, suggests illness needs to be incorporated into the symbolic domain so as to be made manageable by the sufferer. Positing meaning onto the disease turns pain into suffering, thus giving it meaning. 35 Chapter 18: The Making and Unmaking of Worlds, examines the healing process from the viewpoint of re-making lost 'lifeworlds'.

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