My health, my responsibility? complementary medicine and self (health) care

Broom, Alex, Meurk, Carla, Adams, Jon and Sibbritt, David (2012) My health, my responsibility? complementary medicine and self (health) care. Journal of Sociology, 50 4: 515-530. doi:10.1177/1440783312467098

Author Broom, Alex
Meurk, Carla
Adams, Jon
Sibbritt, David
Title My health, my responsibility? complementary medicine and self (health) care
Journal name Journal of Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-7833
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1440783312467098
Volume 50
Issue 4
Start page 515
End page 530
Total pages 16
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract People are increasingly compelled to take responsibility for their health and illness trajectories. The existing literature on what may be termed self-care points to the ways that public health initiatives have instigated the transfer of governance onto the individual through campaigns promoting physical activity and diet among other things. Meanwhile, cultural trends may have been enhanced and/or transformed by the increased prominence of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) which often include a focus on self-determination and self-responsibility for achieving health and wellbeing. This article examines women’s contemporary self-care practices and the logics underpinning their approaches to health, illness and healing. Our findings show that although these women were often positive about the prospects of being autonomous decisionmakers, their search for alternatives and practices of self (health) care can be problematic in certain cases and may be viewed as reproducing neoliberal forms of governance and their derivative inequalities.
Keyword Complementary and alternative medicine
Qualitative interviews
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print November 28, 2012

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: UQ Centre for Clinical Research Publications
Official 2013 Collection
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