Santa Clara University

Benson Memorial Center

"Struggling to Catch Up: Families, Identities, and Narrative Care" lecture presented by Hilde Lindemann

Feb 20, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Daly Science Center
Daly Science 207

Families perform many morally valuable functions for their own members, not the least of which is providing care when they are ill or injured. I argue that a second family function—that of sustaining their members’ personal identities—is deeply implicated in that care. After explaining the narrative nature of identity maintenance, I discuss three cases where family caregivers must find the right sto-ries to repair the identity of one of their own: where the identity has been repudiated, where the identi-ty lies at the limits of responsibility, and where the patient has lost her second nature. As I examine these cases, I argue that if healthcare professionals recognize and respect this familial caring labor, they can do a better job of providing the patient with their own form of care.


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