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Vital Bodies: Living with Illness

Charlotte Bates


This book is the story of twelve people, each living with long-term illness. Delving into the routines and rhythms of everyday life, the book reveals the significance of the things that we usually take for granted, from what we eat to when we sleep, how we move, and what we wear. Learning from the lives portrayed, it explores ideas of care, vulnerability and choice, questioning what it means to live a modern life with illness and illuminating the vitality of bodies along the way. Juxtaposing academic text with rich descriptions and vivid illustrations, including video stills, journal extracts, ... More

Keywords: Illness, Body, Everyday life, Video diaries, Visual sociology, Sociology of health and illness, Living with a chronical disease

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781447335047
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447335047.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charlotte Bates, author
Cardiff University

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