The ill-health assemblage

Beyond the body-with-organs

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Abstract

The ill-health assemblage comprises the networks of biological, psychological and sociocultural relations that surround bodies during ill-health. The paper argues for health sociology to reject an organic bodywith- organs as its unit of analysis of health and illness, and replace it with an approach to embodiment deriving from Deleuze and Guattari's ontology. I set out the three key terms: the body-without-organs (BwO), assemblages, and territorialisation. These concepts will be applied to health and illness, to develop an understanding of an ill-health assemblage. I contrast this with the biomedicalised body-withorgans, and explore the shaping of the ill-health assemblage in a case study.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-371
Number of pages13
JournalHealth Sociology Review
Volume20
Issue number4
Early online date17 Dec 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes

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