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Ignasi Clemente

I. Clemente
Phone: (212) 772-5424
Room 704 North
Ph.D. UCLA 2005
Assistant Professor


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Ignasi Clemente, Ph.D., is an anthropologist and a linguist.  Dr. Clemente is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Hunter College, City University of New York.  He was previously an adjunct research assistant professor in the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California, and a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Pediatrics, D. Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Clemente was also an international trainee in the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategic Training Program on Pain in Child Health.

His main research interests include childhood studies; the sociocultural and communicative aspects of pain and suffering; health communication and shared decision-making in pediatric care; health disparities and communication, and embodied communication in multilingual settings.  In his dissertation, he examined how Spanish- and Catalan-speaking patients, parents and doctors negotiated the limits of uncertainty and non-disclosure throughout unpredictable cancer trajectories at a hospital in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain).
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Clemente, I. (Forthcoming Spring 2015). Uncertain Futures. Communication and Culture in Childhood Cancer Treatment. Oxford & New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

This book examines children’ participation in conversations about their own cancer treatment throughout uncertain trajectories at a hospital in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain). I follow the cancer trajectories of a group of seventeen children and adolescents as social and medical pivotal moments in their lives unfold, from the events leading to diagnosis to treatment, remission, relapse, cure or death. My investigation of children’s cancer trajectories combines ethnographic descriptions of social and medical events with detailed analyses of questions that children asked their clinicians during videotaped medical interactions. Relying on a multi-method approach, I illustrate the diversity and commonality in the ways in which these cancer patients attempt to be involved in conversations about their own treatment and ultimately influence treatment decisions.
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Peer-Reviewed Articles

Aiarzaguena, J.M., Gaminde, I., Clemente, I., & Garrido, E. (2013). Explaining Medically Unexplained Symptoms: Somatizing Patients’ Responses In Primary Care. Patient Education and Counseling, 93(1), 63-72.

Clemente, I., Heritage, J., Meldrum, M. L., Tsao, J. C. I., & Zeltzer, L. K. (2012). Preserving the Child as a Respondent: Initiating Patient-Centered Interviews in a US Outpatient Tertiary Care Pediatric Pain Clinic. Communication and Medicine, 9(3), 203-213.

Clemente, I. (2009). Progressivity and Participation: Children’s Management of Parental Assistance in Paediatric Chronic Pain Encounters. Sociology of Health and Illness, 31, 6, 872-888.

Clemente, I., Lee, S. H., & Heritage, J. (2008). Children in Chronic Pain: Promoting Pediatric Patients’ Symptom Accounts in Tertiary Care. Social Science and Medicine, 66, 6, 1418-28.

Clemente, I. (2007). Clinicians’ Routine Practices of Non-Disclosure: Prioritizing “Protection”over the Information Needs of Adolescents with Cancer. Canadian Journal of Research Nursing, 39, 4, 18-34.


Peer-Reviewed Book Sections

Clemente, I. (2013). Pain in cultural and communicative contexts. In P. J. McGrath, S. M. Walker, B. J. Stevens & W. T. Zempsky (Eds.), Oxford Textbook of Paediatric Pain (pp. 102-110). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Clemente, I. (2013). Conversation Analysis and Anthropology. In J. Sidnell & T. Stivers (Eds.), Handbook of Conversation Analysis (pp. 688-700). Oxford & New York: BlackwellWiley.

Clemente, I. (2010). Progressivity and participation: Children’s management of parental assistance in paediatric chronic pain encounters. In A. Pilnick, J. Hindmarsh & V. T. Gill (Eds.), Communication in Healthcare Settings: Policy, Participation and New Technologies (pp. 83-98). Oxford & New York: Wiley-Blackwell. Reprint of Clemente 2009.

Clemente, I. (2008). Recording audio and video. In L. Wei & M. Moyer (Eds.), The Blackwell Guide to Research Methods in Bilingualism (pp. 177-191). Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Clemente, I. (2004). Quan em clavaran allò? Algunes consideracions sobre la gestualitat en la negociació del càncer infantil a Catalunya [“When will they stick me with that? Some considerations concerning gesture in the negotiation of pediatric cancer in Catalonia”]. In N. Alturo, L. Payrató & M. Payà (Eds.), Les fronteres del llenguatge. Lingüística i comunicació no verbal [Language Frontiers: Linguistics and Non-Verbal Communication] (pp. 173-184). Barcelona: PPU.


Book Reviews

Clemente, I. (2012). Conversation Analysis: Comparative Perspectives edited by Jack Sidnell. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 22(3), 252-254.

Clemente, I. (2012). A Review. The Maintenance of Life. Preventing Social Death through Euthanasia Talk and End-of-Life Care - Lessons from The Netherlands. Ethos, 40, 1, 1-3.

Clemente, I. (1996). A Review: Rethinking Context. Language as an Interactive Phenomenon. Links & Letters, 3, 149-151.