Comm1160 Article Analysis-the Storied Nature of Health Legacies in the Familial Experience of Type 2 Diabetes

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The Storied Nature of Health Legacies in the Familial Experience of Type 2 Diabetes

  This essay is analyzing the communication elements used an academic paper studying about the . In the following paragraphs, the line of reasoning the author used to draw his conclusion and the research method that the author chose will be discussed. Also, four levels of communication, which are lexical level, propositional level, speech act level and macrosemantic level of communication, will be the main focus of analysis in this essay.














This study is meant to illustrate how legacies evolve and shift across generations and shape how family members understand and manage diabetes, including the role of family members as intergenerational lynchpins and intergenerational buffers. To dig out the origin of the problem, the author and his research team position families as pivotal anchors for coping with biophysical and psychosocial needs of members with Type 2 diabetes in two vital ways. He substantiates his conclusion by presenting narrative theory as a conceptual framework for moving beyond an individualistic understanding of health and healing. He further bolters his idea by illustrating the efficacy of this position through an interpretive study of meaning-making about intergenerational diabetes among families living in rural Appalachian areas—contexts historically characterized by disproportionately high rates for numerous diseases including diabetes. Stories elicited from participants during interviews characterized their diabetes health legacies as dense and devastating. The author starts his the research paper by giving brief background information about the current condition of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM)...