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Pain Gestures: The Orchestration of Talk and Body Gestures
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Communications Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3033-9879
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Communications Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2002 (English)In: Health, ISSN 1363-4593, E-ISSN 1461-7196, Vol. 6, no 3, 325-345 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article is about the use and function of gestures in pain communication. More specifically how we can communicate an internal bodily experience like pain with the help of gestures. This is of great importance both in everyday situations and in medical consultations of various types. Our focus in this article is on the issues of the gesture as a communicative resource, how verbal and nonverbal communicative resources are related to each other and in what way gestures contribute to the structure of different types of pain. Thirty-seven patients have been interviewed about their pain experiences and the main result is that several communicative modalities are interwoven in the pain accounts. Three different functions of gestures were identified: the pointing, iconic and symbolic functions. The clinical relevance of this approach to gestures in pain communication is to take note of the intricate interplay of different communicative resources used in the pain description, and to emphasize both verbal and nonverbal interaction in the clinical conversation as a resource in the care situation.

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2002. Vol. 6, no 3, 325-345 p.
Keyword [en]
gesture, interaction, nonverbal, pain
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-22857DOI: 10.1177/136345930200600305Local ID: 2198OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-22857DiVA: diva2:243170
Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
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1. Smärtans mosaik: kommunikation och lärande om långvarig smärta
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Smärtans mosaik: kommunikation och lärande om långvarig smärta
2001 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis focuses on how people, living with long-term pain, exploreand communicate their pain, by way of speech as a means for producingrelations between themselves, the. pain and everyday activities. The datamaterial consists of focused research interviews with patients undergoingtreatment for their pain at a pain clinic. The thesis takes as a point ofdeparture that people living with pain in various situations need tocommunicate their pain experiences which posits the person in acommunicational dilemma giving_ shape to a multi-dimensionalexperience. Different kinds of communicative resources are used in thesecommunication situations, verbal and figurative talk together withgestures. It is argued that learning about one's pain could be described as an apprenticeship process, which concerns as well the relations between the afflicted person and the her/his pain as how these relations are to be communicated. An important result is that mastering one's pain is about an on-going, situated, searching and communicative practice.

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Linköping: Linköpings universitet, 2001. 108 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 242
Keyword
Chronic pain, communication, coping, gesture, metaphor, accounts, patient perspectives, living with pain, kronisk smärta, kommunikation, smärta
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-35035 (URN)24710 (Local ID)91-7373-214-1 (ISBN)24710 (Archive number)24710 (OAI)
Public defence
2001-12-14, Sal Elysion, Hus-T, Universitetsområdet Valla, Linköping, 13:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2014-08-28Bibliographically approved

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