Religion as an Empowerment Context in the Narrative of Women with Breast Cancer

AbstactThis paper aims at exploring women’s meaningful perception, semantic understanding, and their experiences of breast cancer in a religion context. Accordingly, eight women who had one of their breasts completely removed by surgery (mastectomy) were studied by narrative interviews. In this narr...

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Published in:Journal of religion and health
Main Author: Sadati, Ahmad Kalateh
Contributors: Lankarani, Kamran Bagheri (Other) ; Gharibi, Vahid (Other) ; Fard, Mahmood Exiri (Other) ; Ebrahimzadeh, Najmeh (Other) ; Tahmasebi, Sedigeh (Other)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Springer Science + Business Media B. V. [2015]
In: Journal of religion and health
Year: 2015, Volume: 54, Issue: 3, Pages: 1068-1079
Further subjects:B Women
B Reflexivity
B Fatalism
B Religion
B Breast Cancer
B Empowerment
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:AbstactThis paper aims at exploring women’s meaningful perception, semantic understanding, and their experiences of breast cancer in a religion context. Accordingly, eight women who had one of their breasts completely removed by surgery (mastectomy) were studied by narrative interviews. In this narrative interview, participants told their life stories since the beginning of disease. Findings showed that religious concepts have a heightened role in the interpretation and understanding of disease, coping strategies, and gaining new concepts for life and death. Two main themes discovered in this research were fatalism on the one hand, and the hope and empowerment on the other. Despite the intrinsic conflict between these two concepts, religion, as a specific cultural and epistemological context, reconciles them; in a way, these polar concepts form a unitary structure of meaning and activity. In this structure, semantic coherence and concrete experience leads women with breast cancer to a new meaningful system, which shapes a new path for living well.
ISSN:1573-6571
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of religion and health
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/s10943-014-9907-2