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Recovering from chronic fatigue syndrome as an intra-active process.

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In this article, we draw on the narrative of a woman who has recovered from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) to explore the process of recovering from a debilitating illness. Inspired by Julia Kristeva's notion of the body as a complex biocultural fact and by Karen Barad's posthuman theory (also termed agential realism), we adopt an intra-active approach to the woman's recovery process, revealing the role played by as well as entities. In so doing, we move beyond "dualistic," often polarized debates in the medical literature (and mainstream media) regarding the causes of
CFS:
debates in which "biological/physiological" factors tend to be set against "mental/cognitive/psychological" ones. We argue for a medical perspective in which the intra-action of human and nonhuman agents is recognized as contributing to an individual's recovery process.

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Name: Health care for women international
ISSN: 1096-4665
Pages: 1-12

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