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

  • Michael Hemmingson University of California
Keywords: autoethnography, cancer, co-constructed narrative, health, sociology


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


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Author Biography

Michael Hemmingson, University of California
Michael HEMMINGSON's work has appeared in Life Writing, Creative Approaches to Research, Journal of Sex Research, Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, Fourth Genre, and Qualitative Research Journal. Some of his books include Zona Norte (Cambridge Scholars, 2008), Autoethnographies: Sex and Death and Symbolic Interaction in the Eighth Moment of Qualitative Inquiry (Borgo Press, 2009), and The Anthropology of Pornography (SUNY Press, 2010). He is currently editing an anthology, First Person Sociology (due out in 2010 from McFarland). In FQS Michael HEMMINGSON has written a review to "Pursuing Hollywood: Seduction, Obsession, Dread" (by Nathaniel KOHN 2006;
How to Cite
Hemmingson, M. (2009). Review: Leah Vande Berg & Nick Trujillo (2008). Cancer and Death: A Love Story in Two Voices. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 10(3).