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The Paradox of Hope: Journeys through a Clinical Borderland by Cheryl Mattingly
Her primary research has been in the United States. Most significantly, these enabled a fifteen-year ethnographic study following the lives of African American families raising children with chronic illnesses and disabilities in both clinic and home settings. Her initial research in medical anthropology focused on the culture of biomedical rehabilitation and the clinical treatment of disability and chronic illness from narrative and phenomenological perspectives. She has a longstanding interest in intersections between anthropology and philosophy especially moral philosophy and phenomenology , and in thinking through a philosophical anthropology deeply informed by ethnography. Currently, she is working on a book provisionally titled Category Trouble: Stigma and Moral Experience.
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Inspired by the possibilities of narrative, the essays in this direction-setting volume present stories drawn from a range of ethnographic contexts. Stories of illness and healing are often arresting in their power, and they can illuminate aspects of practices and experiences surrounding illness that might otherwise be neglected. Recognizing the value of increased theoretical consciousness among those eliciting and analyzing narratives, these contributors explore narrative from a variety of perspectives. She has published extensively on narrative and received the Polgar Prize from the Society for Medical Anthropology in Her most recent book is Healing Dramas and Clinical Plots
Family therapy is especially good to think with, because it is simultaneously a real and a metaphorical laboratory, physically lab-like in its use of visual technologies, yet moral in the way it puts the possibility for situational change in the hands of human actors. The technological apparatus stages evidence for sub-visible, interpersonal dynamics, while the provocative quality of not only therapeutic actions, but also of supervision, points to an ethos of experimentation. Stories of supervision reveal how personal of an experience being supervised can be. Sometimes the push is just right.