Magdalena Harris

Postgraduate Research

Graduation Year: 2010

Research Area: Viral Hepatitis, Injecting Drug Use & Harm Reduction

Research Topic: Negotiating the pull of the normal: embodied narratives of living with hepatitis C in New Zealand and Australia

Description: Hepatitis C is known as the ?silent epidemic?. Globally 170 million people live with chronic hepatitis C, yet it receives little policy, media or public attention. In developed countries the blood-borne virus is primarily transmitted through illicit drug injecting practices, aiding its silenced and stigmatised status. In this thesis I uncover some of these silences by exploring the narratives of forty people living with hepatitis C in New Zealand and Australia. My status as a person living with hepatitis C informed all aspects of this research project; I therefore also include my own experiences, foregrounding researcher reflexivity and the co-constructed nature of the interview process.

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