Managing a Disrupted Lifecourse: Issues of Identity and Emotion Work

Exley, Catherine and Letherby, Gayle (2001) Managing a Disrupted Lifecourse: Issues of Identity and Emotion Work. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 5 (1). pp. 112-132. ISSN 1363-4593

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This article draws on the experiences of two groups of people: namely a group of people who have defined, or still define themselves as 'infertile' and/or 'involuntarily childless', and second, a group of people with cancer who have a terminal prognosis, who may be perceived as dying 'prematurely'. We start by arguing that 'infertility' and/or 'involuntary childlessness' and terminal illness have a disruptive effect on daily lives and future expectations, and we are concerned throughout with how this disruption is managed. In particular, we explore how individuals who have experienced such a disruption to their lives manage both their sense of self and the self in relation to others. Within this we are concerned specifically with the emotion work which individuals engage in, and we explore the link between emotion work and lifecourse disruption.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
C800 Psychology
L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 17:00
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 15:26

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