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Editorial: IntroductionThis issue of the Journal brings together a number of comparative articles on illness, crisis, and loss. This issue illuminates that illness, crisis, and loss are central forces shaping personal biographies and social life across comparative cultures. These international articles draw on qualitative methodologies to tap an understanding of illness and in combination provide a broad yet holistic perspective on the interrelationships of illness, crisis and loss. Each of the articles illustrates how they contribute to social change and how the cultural meanings of illness, crisis and loss are created to make sense of personal experiences in contemporary society. These are important existential issues but also significant additions to debates and discussions on illness, crisis, and loss for practitioners, user groups, and researchers. Engaging with different cultural contexts is essential to see how illness, crisis, and loss is experienced, managed, and researched.
Introduction to Illness, Crisis and LossThis collection of papers highlights some of the key cultural and social interpretations of illness, crisis, and loss across different personal and institutional spaces—the ways that values, beliefs, behavior, emotions, and institutional arrangements concerning chronic illness, bereavement, and professional practice are structured by social environments and contexts. Although illness and death are universal human experiences, societal responses vary according to cultural attitudes, as well as contextual factors including the primary causes of illness and death, and normative age at which illness and death occurs. In this issue of the journal, researchers, social scientists, policy makers, practitioners, and students will be learning about topics of direct relevance to understanding the world in which we live.
Understanding Illness, Crisis and LossThis issue of the Journal brings together a number of important articles on illness, crisis, and loss. This issue shines light on illness, crisis, and loss as central forces shaping our personal experiences, social life, and order. The articles all, in one way or another, draw on various disciplines relating to education, sociology, philosophy, and psychology to provide different perspectives on the interrelationships of illness, crisis, and loss, showing how they contribute to social change and how the meanings of illness, crisis, and loss are generated to serve social functions but used to make sense of personal narratives in contemporary society.