Scientific discourses on chronic pain without organic cause Incorporating gender perspective for pain resignifyng-repoliticizing

Margot Pujal I Llombart, Pilar Albertín Carbó, Enrico Mora Malo

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    Abstract

    Chronic pain, without any organic or physical cause (DC), which in psycho-medical terminology is known as fibromyalgia, (FM), is diagnosed each year to a considerable number of women in capitalistic societies. Our main interest in the following paper is to go in depth in the elaboration of this symptom, its treatment and the psychosocial effects, both in the social order as well as in the lives of the people who suffer from it. Our main goal in the following paper is to look deeper in the elaboration (conceptualization) of this symptom, its treatment and psychological affects, both in the social order as well as in the lives of the people who suffer from it, we are using linked speeches in Spanish magazines publications. The result has been the emergence of three hegemonic discourse positions: One position "scientist", one "therapeutic of the conformity" position and one "economic and legalistic" position. Each of these has a specific feature, but on the whole, is enhanced, producing effects such as the absence of social context to explain the disease; disregard of gender differences in the management and treatment; the instrumentalization of pain to legitimize their practices and the subjection of women to the "psycho-biomedical" paradigm. In that way, a new significance and politicization of the concept of pain is proposed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)921-948
    JournalPolitica y Sociedad
    Volume52
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

    Keywords

    • Chronic pain
    • Discourse
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Gender perspective
    • Position

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