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Remission

Remission

Chapter:
(p.145) 19 Remission
Source:
The Power of the Between
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226775364.003.0020

This chapter presents the author's thoughts about going into remission. He says that entering the zone of remission puts one very much in the between. You find yourself in a foggy space between the once comfortable assumptions of your old life and the sudden uncomfortable expectations of your new life. Put another way, remission is an indeterminate state par excellence. You are neither sick nor healthy. Seen in this light, remission is an example of what the late Victor Turner called liminality.

Keywords:   cancer, sickness, remission, anthropologists, liminality

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