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The Age of ImmunologyConceiving A Future in an Alienating World$
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A. David Napier

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226568126

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226568140.001.0001

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Immunology and Illness Experience

Immunology and Illness Experience

(p.74) 3 Immunology and Illness Experience
The Age of Immunology
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Bringing powerful metaphors to consciousness is a primary means by which one resists undesirable and stigmatizing transformations of identity, even if that same self-consciousness functions elsewhere to inhibit transformations that may have beneficial outcomes. Rationality is, then, both a guardian against the unpredictable outcomes of dissociative behavior and the very thing that inhibits human change. The unselfconscious embodiment of modes of behavior (and of the metaphorical structures that socially convey meaning in local settings) is not in every instance to be criticized either for its inapplicability to local living, or for its damaging outcomes when metaphors exert real power over human intercourse. In fact, having such paradigmatic constructs available is so much a fundamental part of human relations as to make the idea of culture unthinkable without them.

Keywords:   consciousness, dissociative behavior, human relations, unselfconsciousness, consciousness

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