New materialist perspectives on health, illness and health care

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The new materialisms bring to the sociological study of health and illness a perspective that is materialist, relational and post-anthropocentric, while its flattened ontology steps away from the earlier structuralist tradition of historical materialism. It explores health not as an attribute or stock of embodied capital, but as a ‘becoming-other’, measured in terms of capacities to engage with other materialist, both human and non-human. This chapter examines the foundational premises of the new materialisms and shows how these have been used to inform the study of health empirically and theoretically. It reviews a range of studies that have used these approaches and explores the politics of health and health care deriving from the relational, post-anthropocentric and monist ontology of a new materialist analysis of health and illness.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on the Sociology of Health and Medicine
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781839104756
ISBN (Print)9781839104749
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2023

Publication series

NameResearch Handbooks in Sociology
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd

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