Analysis Of Scheper-Hughes And Lock Individual Body

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Scheper-Hughes and Lock individual body, is the self; how we view our bodies through experiences. Social body symbolizes; nature, society, and culture, refers to a “sick society.” At the third level; the body is described as political, to maintain social stability. “We have bodies, but we are also, in a specific sense, bodies; our embodiment is a necessary requirement of our social identification so that would be ludicrous to say “I have arrived and I have brought my body with me.” When pain, sickness or discomfort is not felt, one’s body is relatively unobtrusive. It is often not until the illness or pain is experienced that the body comes into conscious being; illness may then be conceptualized as the body taking over, as an external environment…show more content…
Rosa individual body; emotionally sensitive, physically delicate, complained about the sadness and exhaustion she felt. The social body, she portrays is a sick woman who cannot care for herself, but would rather show herself as healthy and stable women. The social body, she portrays is privileged because she does not want her extended family knowing about her flares, or does not want them knowing; the family looks for public and private organizations for financial help. The illness has affected her because she hides when she feels sick, avoids taking her medicine from time to time to save money. The individual body hides from the family, if they do not know how she feels it is a less financial headache. The political body has her in a state of being a mother and being the one they care for, the less her kids know the…show more content…
She does not have to struggle financially because both parents are professionals. Paula saw her before Lupus as a fun- loving, independent, capable person; she does not see that part of her individual body. Paula cannot do the things she used to do before, party, hang out with friends all night, she is depressed, angry and thinks she will not marry. The parents care for her because she is physically suffering. Needs her parents' support, they treat her as a child. The political body has her stuck; the last ten years as being a fully adult and fully child. The political body affects her social and individual body because she lost someone she used to know and now she is becoming somebody she does not want to be. The social body is privileged over her individual body because she is not who she was; her illness now has this 35-year-old that cannot take care of herself. The long term boyfriend, is no longer in her future to make her a mother or wife so now she is living a rebellious teenager's life she once had and now she has worked her way back. Lupus made her sick and now her career and social relationships are not the same; she likely will stay with her parents for the rest of her

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