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Title: Living through, living with and living on from breast cancer in the UK : creative cathartic methodologies, cancerous spaces and a politics of compassion
Authors: Madge, Clare
First Published: 16-Dec-2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Social and Cultural Geography, 2014, DOI 10.1080/14649365.2014.990498
Abstract: This paper contributes to a growing literature exploring the embodied emotions involved in death studies. It does so through a creative cathartic autobiographical account of living through and on from breast cancer. In presenting this ‘storifying experience’, this UK-based paper has three key aims: first, it attempts to counter the disjuncture between the fleshy and emotional cancer journey I have travelled through and the sometimes abstract, disembodied accounts of cancer circulating in some geographical texts; second, it reveals some geographical insights that are uncovered through the use of creative cathartic methodologies which unsettle commonly held discourses about dying and surviving; and third, it poses some troubling questions for geographers working in this field with respect to the methodologies, politics and emotions of such research. In the paper, I argue that employing a creative cathartic methodology gestures towards ‘an opening into learning’ that provokes emotional enquiries about what it means to be taught by the experience of (traumatised) others. In particular, I advocate for a politicised compassion that both cares for those who are living through, with or living on from life-threatening illnesses and also cares about the complex conditions that shape their experiences, both within and beyond the academy.
DOI Link: 10.1080/14649365.2014.990498
ISSN: 1464-9365
eISSN: 1470-1197
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2014, Taylor & Francis. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Geography

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