Review: Leah Vande Berg & Nick Trujillo (2008). Cancer and Death: A Love Story in Two Voices

Michael Hemmingson


ancer and Death is a co-constructed narrative of autoethnography that explores the experiences of a couple as one of them slowly dies from cancer. The book focuses on narrative voices and emotions rather than getting bogged down in discussions of theory and methodology regarding the broader sociological implications of health care and cancer that some accounts employ. Without the academic frame, is this book a scholarly text or a literary memoir? The intent of this account is health communication in the social sciences, although the question arises: Is such a text actually science or is it literary memoir? I open the debate in this review.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs090333


autoethnography; cancer; co-constructed narrative; health; sociology

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