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The context of empowerment and self-care within the field of diabetes

The context of empowerment and self-care within the field of diabetes

Scambler, Sasha, Newton, Paul ORCID: 0000-0002-8525-6763 and Asimakopoulou, Koula (2014) The context of empowerment and self-care within the field of diabetes. Health (London), 18 (6). pp. 545-560. ISSN 1363-4593 (Print), 1461-7196 (Online) (doi:10.1177/1363459314524801)

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Abstract

There is a growing emphasis within the diabetes literature on the importance of empowerment as a way of encouraging people to take control of and responsibility for the successful management of their disease. Patients are actively encouraged to become active participants in their care, and there is an expectation that health-care professionals will facilitate this process. This article uses Bourdieu’s concept of field, as a bounded social space in which actors conduct their lives day-to-day, to explore the context within which issues of empowerment are addressed and negotiated. The practice of empowerment within the biologically defined and biomedically ‘policed’
field of diabetes is explored using empirical data from a study of diabetes health-care professionals’ understanding and practices around empowerment. It is concluded that rather than promoting active self-management and empowerment, the nature of the field of diabetes, and in particular its privileging of the biomedical, can mitigate against people with diabetes negotiating the field effectively and taking control of the disease and its management.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bourdieu, diabetes, empowerment, medicalisation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Centre for Applied Social Research
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Last Modified: 16 Nov 2016 11:01
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Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/11693

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