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Psychosomatics within the biomedical paradigm and within the perspective of medical anthropology
Journal Title: PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE 
Author/s:  Contributi di Pietro Pascarelli 
Year:  2012 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  14 Pg. 389-402 FullText PDF:  198 KB
DOI:  10.3280/PU2012-003003
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The biomedical paradigm, in which psychosomatics is embedded, is based on a mind-body dichotomy and on a universalistic and ahistorical conception of body. Psychosomatics indeed presents an "aseptic" and decontextualized vision in witch illness and body are deprived of any symbolic, social and political value. The perspective of medical anthropology allows for a new paradigm and a critical reading of clinical phenomenology in a non-dualistic key, where the concept of "somatization" is substituted by the concept of "embodiment". In this view, the body ceases to be a mere inscription of symbolic contents, and becomes the place where economy, power and inequality show their embodied effects.
Keywords: Psychosomatics, somatization, medical anthropology, embodiment, paradigm

Contributi di Pietro Pascarelli, Psychosomatics within the biomedical paradigm and within the perspective of medical anthropology in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 3/2012, pp. 389-402, DOI:10.3280/PU2012-003003

   

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