Home as a hybrid centre of medication practice
journal contributionposted on 23.07.2020, 02:22 by Kevin Dew, K Chamberlain, D Hodgetts, P Norris, A Radley, J Gabe
This article presents research that explores how medications are understood and used by people in everyday life. An intensive process of data collection from 55 households was used in this research, which included photo-elicitation and diary-elicitation interviews. It is argued that households are at the very centre of complex networks of therapeutic advice and practice and can usefully be seen as hybrid centres of medication practice, where a plethora of available medications is assimilated and different forms of knowledge and expertise are made sense of. Dominant therapeutic frameworks are tactically manipulated in households in order for medication practices to align with the understandings, resources and practicalities of households. Understanding the home as a centre of medication practice decentralises the role of health advisors (whether mainstream or alternative) in wellness practices. © 2013 The Authors. Sociology of Health & Illness © 2013 Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness/John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Preferred citationDew, K., Chamberlain, K., Hodgetts, D., Norris, P., Radley, A. & Gabe, J. (2014). Home as a hybrid centre of medication practice. Sociology of Health & Illness, 36(1), 28-43. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12041
Journal titleSociology of Health & Illness
Online publication date05/08/2013
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