When Cancer Calls…: Longitudinal Analysis and Sustained Cultural Impact

  • Wayne A. Beach
  • David M. Dozier
  • Kyle Gutzmer
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Abstract

Selected moments are analyzed from a corpus of 61 phone calls over a period of 13 months, the first natural history of family members talking through cancer from diagnosis through death of a loved one. Three alternative forms of interaction are examined: (1) the serial ordering of successive calls to different airline representatives; (2) tellings and retellings, across varying intervals of time and settings, regarding a loved one’s actions and health condition; and (3) cumulative practices employed by family members as resources maintaining a “state of readiness” for managing challenging circumstances (e.g., packing/unpacking bags). These courses of action transcend particular episodes, are situated in ongoing streams of interactional conduct, and have also been translated into a nationally disseminated educational program entitled When Cancer Calls….

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Acknowledgment

This project was supported by the American Cancer Society (98-172-01), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (144235-01/02, W. Beach, PI).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wayne A. Beach
    • 1
  • David M. Dozier
    • 2
  • Kyle Gutzmer
    • 1
  1. 1.University of California-San DiegoSan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.San Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA

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