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Consoling GhostsStories of Medicine and Mourning from Southeast Asians in Exile$
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Jean M. Langford

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816687176

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816687176.001.0001

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Dangerous Language

Dangerous Language

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(p.110) (p.111) Chapter 4 Dangerous Language
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Consoling Ghosts
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Jean M. Langford

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816687176.003.0005

I examine the language of end-of-life care, particular in terminal prognosis. I draw on emigrants’ perspectives to suggest that disclosure can be understood as not informative, but performative, consigning patients to a community of the dying.

Keywords:   death, spirits, violence, materiality, haunting, mourning

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