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Feminist Phenomenology and Medicine


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1. Why Feminist Phenomenology and Medicine? Lisa Folkmarson Kall and Kristin Zeiler 2. The Illness Experience: A Feminist Phenomenological Perspective Linda Fisher 3. Visceral Phenomenology: Organ Transplantation, Identity, and Bioethics Margrit Shildrick 4. Communal Pushing: Childbirth and Intersubjectivity Sarah LaChance Adams and Paul Burcher 5. Phenomenology, Cosmetic Surgery, and Complicity Erik Malimqvist 6. Uncosmetic Surgeries in an Age of Normativity Gail Weiss 7. "BIID"? Queer (Dis)Orientations and the Phenomenology of "Home" Nikki Sullivan 8. Sexed Embodiment in Atypical Pubertal Development: Intersubjectivity, Excorporation, and the Importance of Making Space for Difference Kristin Zeiler and Lisa Guntram 9. Reassigning Ambiguity: Intersex, Biomedicine, and the Question of Harm Ellen K. Feder 10. Feminism, Phenomenology, and Hormones Lanei M. Rodemeyer 11. The Body Uncanny: Alienation, Illness, and Anorexia Nervosa Fredrik Svenaeus 12. Toward a Phenomenology of Disfigurement Jenny Slatman and Gili Yaron 13. "She's Research!" Exposure, Epistemophilia, and Ethical Perception through Mike Nichol's Wit Lisa Folkmarson Kall 14. Anaesthetics of Existence Cressida J. Heyes 15. Wandering in the Unhomelike: Chronic Depression, Inequality, and the Recovery Imperative Abby Wilkerson List of Contributors Index

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Kristin Zeiler is Associate Professor of Medical Ethics at Linkoping University, Sweden, and Pro Futura Scientia Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala University, Sweden. Folkmarson Kall is Docent of Theoretical Philosophy at Uppsala University, Sweden, and Research Associate at the Division of Health and Society at Linkoping University, Sweden. She is the editor of Dimensions of Pain: Humanities and Social Science Perspectives.


"...this book is a significant and original contribution to both feminist theory and phenomenology. The volume bridges a range of fields of inquiry, filling a gap in the feminist scholarship on medicine while, at the same time, providing theoretical insights that will inform conceptual and practical concerns within biomedicine." - Hypatia "...the breadth and uniqueness of topics should interest anyone who works within the fields of philosophy of medicine and medical ethics ... the collection is breaking new ground in a positive way ... bringing a feminist phenomenological lens to the philosophy of medicine makes salient the many ways in which a variety of different kinds of oppressions are manifest within our medical systems and practices. The hope is that practitioners, theorists, and activists in the field read this book, and are moved to not only think in new directions but to act upon their thoughts." - "Though this volume is best suited to those interested in phenomenology, a few articles, particularly Kall's article on Wit, a film used in many bioethics courses, have a more general appeal and would be well worth reading by bioethicists." - CHOICE

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