“Am I Not a Woman?” The Rhetoric of Breast Cancer Stories in African American Women's Popular Periodicals
- Cynthia Ryan
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Representations of breast cancer are examined in three popular women's periodicals targeting African American readers: Ebony, Essence, and Black Elegance. The researcher focuses specifically on representations that reflect certain ideas/ideals about the sharing and creating of information about the disease and related issues, such as health care and body image. Magazine selections are analyzed and critiqued according to the epistemological principles outlined by Patricia Hill Collins in Black Feminist Thought. The author calls for further research into how and why particular social and cultural groups consume information about health and illness in particular ways.
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- “Am I Not a Woman?” The Rhetoric of Breast Cancer Stories in African American Women's Popular Periodicals
Journal of Medical Humanities
Volume 25, Issue 2 , pp 129-150
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- Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
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- breast cancer discourse
- African American women
- popular periodicals
- illness narratives
- Cynthia Ryan (1)
- Author Affiliations
- 1. Department of English, University of Alabama at Birmingham, HB 217, 1530 3rd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL, 35294-1260