Narrating pain: the representation of social actors
In: Bocz, Zs. – Besznyák, R. (eds) (2020): Porta Lingua 2020. Szaknyelvoktatás és -kutatás nemzetközi kontextusban. Cikkek, tanulmányok a hazai szaknyelvoktatásról. SZOKOE: Budapest. 431-441
Charmaz (1995) claims that modes of living with pain are embedded in particular activity levels reflected by language use. Therefore, the contribution investigates the concept of agency in a corpus of pain narratives of chronic patients. The research questions involve the manner in which ill people experience their position related to others in society (inclusion-exclusion). Therefore, we can study ill people’s subject position with the dominant position of medical professionals. Therefore, the analysis also uses the Systemic Functional Linguistics and the socio-semantic approach as a methodological framework. The paper demonstrates the discourse structures on the representational, positional levels of metafunctions, and giving an account on role allocation and nomination/categorization of social actors framing agency. The study analyzed 14 narratives of individuals afflicted with chronic pain. In conclusion, the analysis reveals that narrators are active participants in the process of experiencing and coping with pain.
Keywords: agency, exclusion, inclusion, metafunctions, role allocation