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Lifestyle science: Self healing, coproduction and DIY

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Edited by Rick Iedema and Irena C Veljanova

Published: 2013
ISBN: 978-1-921729-36-2
Pages: 112


The purpose of this special issue of Health Sociology Review is to collect and review international viewpoints and analyses addressing the rise in self-care, self-management and co-production of health care. While in health policy circles self-care and co-production are strongly promoted, the obstacles to and social determinants of patient participation in self-healing and self-care practices are less frequently addressed.

The Guest Editors of this issue of Health Sociology Review bring together papers from international scholars to open up debate about this phenomenon with an eye to critically informing future policy and health service design thinking.

This special issue includes theoretical and empirical papers addressing topics such as:

  1. Alternative and self-healing practices that go beyond conventional medicine and publicly available, government-funded services;
  2. The empowering effect of free and open source technology vis-à-vis the status of the individual as knowledgeable agent;
  3. The effect of DIY practices on health care industries and services;
  4. The embeddedness of these practices in everyday life;
  5. The responses that are being mobilised by establishment science;
  6. The consequences of these movements for economic relations determining the health care industry;
  7. Knowledge 'anarchy' - knowledge production by non-experts and whether and how this informs prevailing science and medicine;
  8. The relevance of these movements in relation to theories of medical power.

Table of Contents

Editorial: Lifestyle science: Self-healing, co-production and DIY
– Rick Iedema and Irena C Veljanova

Do-it-yourself heart health? ‘Lay’ practices and products for disease prevention
– Catherine M Will and Kate Weiner

Prose not Prozac? The role of book prescription schemes and healthy reading schemes in the treatment of mental illness in Ireland
– Patricia Neville

Self-care and complementary and alternative medicine as care for the self: An embodied basis for distinction
– Christopher J Fries

Tensions in compliance for renal patients – how renal discussion groups conceive knowledge and safe care
– Natalya Jane Godbold

The consequences of integrating complementary and alternative medicine: An analysis of impacts on practice
– Alphia Possamai-Inesedy and Suzanne Cochrane

Direct-to-consumer health genetic testing services: What commercial strategies for which socio-ethical issues?
– Pascal Ducournau, Pierre-Antoine Gourraud, Emmanuelle Rial-Sebbag, Anne Cambon-Thomsen and Alexandre Bulle

General Section

Confidence at the expense of trust: The mass adoption of the Human Papillomavirus vaccine in Australia
– Vikki Bunton and Michael Gilding

Respiratory health and ecosyndemics in a time of global warming
– Merrill Singer

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