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Beyond the “Fetishism of Words”: Considerations on the Use of the Interview to Gather Chronic Illness Narratives

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Beyond the “Fetishism of Words”: Considerations on the Use of the Interview to Gather Chronic Illness Narratives
Beyond the “Fetishism of Words”: Considerations on the Use of the Interview to Gather Chronic Illness NarrativesNathanMiczo22 ppSAGE Publications, Inc.
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April, 2003134469469490

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Miczo, N.(2003)‘Beyond the ‘fetichism of words’: Considerations on the use of the interview to gather chronic illness narratives’Qualitative Health Research13, 4, 469-90.

The author explores the technique of interviewing chronic illness patients to obtain narratives of their illness experiences. It is argued that the perspective that interview responses are accurate reflections of experience (the “fetishism of words”) hampers the understanding of patient voice and agency. ...

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