Building a Description of HIV Treatment Decision-Making as Social Context
Pills, Life, Agency - HIV Treatment Decisions as Language in Social Context - Alison Moore
Alison Moore [+]
University of Wollongong
Alison Moore is a Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She has degrees in linguistics and public health and has previously held research and teaching positions at Macquarie University and the University of Sydney. Ongoing research interests include systemic functional linguistics, modelling register and context, health discourse, and the representation and treatment of animals. Across these concerns a unifying theme is the construal of agency and identity. Alison is currently the Vice-President of the Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association and an editorial board member for the Journal of Animal Studies.
Chapter 5 pursues the analysis of agency at the level of context, as one of the contextual parameters which characterise HIV treatment decision-making as a specific institutional, medical context. The context is also described more generally in Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) terms (Halliday 1978, Halliday and Hasan 1985, Hasan 2014; Butt 2004), drawing on the constructs of Field, Tenor and Mode, suggesting that definitions of shared decision-making must be responsive to its variable realizations.