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Reading breast cancer: Reflections on a dangerous intersection

Broom, Dorothy

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Because breast is the most common female cancer, it is no surprise that it has prompted lobbying and extensive clinical research. Many women have written autobiographical accounts of their diagnosis and treatment, but there has been little effort to apply the perspectives of feminist or other social theory to our understandings of breast cancer. I propose that breast cancer is located at a meeting point between (at least) four sets of discourses and practices: those relevant to all...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBroom, Dorothy
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T23:20:40Z
dc.identifier.issn1363-4593
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/90807
dc.description.abstractBecause breast is the most common female cancer, it is no surprise that it has prompted lobbying and extensive clinical research. Many women have written autobiographical accounts of their diagnosis and treatment, but there has been little effort to apply the perspectives of feminist or other social theory to our understandings of breast cancer. I propose that breast cancer is located at a meeting point between (at least) four sets of discourses and practices: those relevant to all life-threatening illness, those surrounding most or all cancers, those informing female-specific conditions and conditions of the breast specifically. This article considers how each of those domains defines and informs experiences of breast cancer and its treatment. I offer a reflection on that four-way intersection, and a move towards specifying how sociocultural fears about death, disease, sexuality and femininity converge to isolate and silence women who are diagnosed, to frame their choices and experiences, and to shape their stories.
dc.publisherSage Publications Inc
dc.sourceHealth
dc.subjectKeywords: Breast cancer; Death; Feminism; Sexuality; Social theory
dc.titleReading breast cancer: Reflections on a dangerous intersection
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume5
dc.date.issued2001
local.identifier.absfor200205 - Culture, Gender, Sexuality
local.identifier.absfor111799 - Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub21274
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBroom, Dorothy, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage2490268
dc.date.updated2015-12-12T09:04:01Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-0345777772
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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