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Food discipline
Leaky bodies
Experiences of undefined illness
Ghostly matters
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University of Alberta
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Overend, Alissa
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Rosenberg, Sharon (Sociology)
Shogan, Debra (Physical Education and Recreation)
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Reuter, Shelley (Sociology, Concordia University)
Heyes, Cressida (Philosophy)
Markula, Pirkko (Physical Education and Recreation)
Kaler, Amy (Sociology)
Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation / Department of Sociology

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This dissertation examines the discursive terms upon which people come to understand their experiences with a yeast-related disorder known speculatively within biomedical practice as “Candida”. Following the critical interrogations posed by feminist and poststructural theorizings, I aim not to prove or disprove Candida’s etiological case. My aim, rather, is to question what can be learned about the social workings of undefined illness through attending to how people talk about their experiences with Candida. I am concerned both with people’s experiences of Candida, and in how these illness experiences come to be structured in and through the wider discursive framings of biomedicine, gender and dietary discipline. As Candida continues to emerge as unintelligible—and thus disorienting—form of illness, the urgency lies, I argue, not only in representing these often nebulous illness experiences, but also in questioning how these illness experiences come to be shaped.
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