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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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Ontological Calibration and Functional Stases in the MPG

Ontological Calibration and Functional Stases in the MPG

(p.89) Chapter Three Ontological Calibration and Functional Stases in the MPG
The Politics of Pain Medicine

S. Scott Graham

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores the discursive efforts of the Midwest Pain Group to integrate different regimes of practice in the establishment of a new pain ontology. In so doing, the chapter offers a novel approach to rhetorical inquiry grounded in “functional stasis analysis.” Functional stasis analysis offers an approach to explore the progression of debates through disruptive stopping points and onto final agreements. The functional approach differs noticeably from the more typical taxonomic approach to stasis analysis which relies more on identifying the types of stasis questions in isolation. Chapter 3 demonstrates how members of the Midwest Pain Group were able to develop an approach to static debate that helped them to establish a new pain ontology in spite of myriad practical and disciplinary differences.

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

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