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The Politics of Pain MedicineA Rhetorical-Ontological Inquiry$
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S. Scott Graham

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226264059

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226264196.001.0001

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Praxiography of Representation

Praxiography of Representation

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(p.66) Chapter Two Praxiography of Representation
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The Politics of Pain Medicine
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S. Scott Graham

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226264196.003.0003

This chapter introduces readers to the Midwest Pain Group, an interdisciplinary organization of pain management specialists devoted to the establishment of a new pain ontology, grounded in an integrated biopsychosocial theory of health and medicine. In so doing, this chapter explores the rhetorical-ontological methods whereby one might conduct an inquiry into what Mol dubs “calibration”—the discursive efforts to adjudicate among and or link multiple ontologies. In presenting the Midwest Pain Group as a space of calibration, this chapter argues for the development of methodological tools for a praxiogrpahy of representation.

Keywords:   calibration, ethnography, multiple ontologies, new materialisms, pain management, praxiography, rhetorical methodologies

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