Punctuality, pain and time-orientation among Sicilian-Canadians.

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Source
Soc Sci Med. 1989;28(8):851-9
Publication Type
Article
Date
1989
Author
S. Migliore
Author Affiliation
Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.
Source
Soc Sci Med. 1989;28(8):851-9
Date
1989
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Canada
Cultural Characteristics
Culture
Emigration and Immigration
Female
Humans
Male
Pain
Sicily
Sick Role
Time Perception
Abstract
Southern Italians, including immigrants residing in North America, are often labeled as having a present time-orientation. This notion, in turn, has been used as an explanation for diverse phenomena commonly attributed to southern Italians--such as 'arriving late for appointments'; 'seeking immediate relief from the sensation of pain'; and, generally displaying 'a high degree of emotion and expression in their illness behavior'. Labeling an entire group of people as having a particular time-orientation, however, may generate stereotypes that affect negatively the type of medical treatment patients receive. In this paper, I challenge the unsubstantiated notion that southern Italians are present time-oriented. The data I have collected among Sicilian-Canadians indicates that there are alternative explanations for the phenomena people commonly attribute to southern Italians. I will support my contention by examining: (1) Sicilian-Canadian conceptions of punctuality; and, (2) the communicative dimension of the pain experience.
PubMed ID
2705018 View in PubMed
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