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Far from celebrity media spotlight, ordinary individuals, many older and less advantaged, suffer the disabling pain of Parkinson's disease (PD), an illness whose progressive symptoms often mimic old age and cause mobility impairment, communication barriers, and social isolation.

At the heart of With Shaking Hands is the account of elder Americans in rural Iowa who have been diagnosed with PD. With a focus on the impact of chronic illness on an aging population, Samantha Solimeo combines clear and accessible prose with qualitative and quantitative research to demonstrate how PD accelerates, mediates, and obscures patterns of aging. She explores how ideas of what to expect in older age influence and direct interpretations of one's body.

This sensitive and groundbreaking work unites theories of disease with modern conceptions of the body in biological and social terms. PD, like other chronic disorders, presents a special case of embodiment which challenge our thinking about how such diseases should be researched and how they are experienced.

Table of Contents

  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. 1: Introduction: Becoming Old, Becoming Sick
  2. pp. 1-25
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  1. 2: Ethnography and Age in the Field
  2. pp. 26-45
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  1. 3: It Takes a Little While to Find Out for Sure
  2. pp. 46-62
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  1. 4: It’s a Nasty, Hiding Disease
  2. pp. 63-83
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  1. 5: I Don’t Know What to Blame It On
  2. pp. 84-99
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  1. 6: I Don’t Know What’s Worse, Parkinson’s or the Medications
  2. pp. 100-120
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  1. 7: It Gets Worse
  2. pp. 121-136
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  1. 8: Changing Bodies, Changing Roles
  2. pp. 137-153
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  1. 9: Conclusion: Aging, Embodiment, and Conditions
  2. pp. 154-164
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  1. Appendix A: Interview Participants
  2. pp. 165-174
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  1. Appendix B: Selected Resources
  2. pp. 175-178
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 179-190
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 191-192
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 193-194
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813547121
Related ISBN
9780813545431
MARC Record
OCLC
1016563101
Pages
232
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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