Home as a centre of medication practice

Kevin Dew, Kerry Chamberlain, Darrin Hodgetts, Pauline Norris, Alan Radley, Jonathan Gabe

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This article presents research that explores how medications are understood and used by people in everyday life. An intensive process of data collection from 55 households was used in this research, which included photo-elicitation and diary-elicitation interviews. It is argued that households are at the very centre of complex networks of therapeutic advice and practice and can usefully be seen as hybrid centres of medication practice, where a plethora of available medications is assimilated and different forms of knowledge and expertise are made sense of. Dominant therapeutic frameworks are tactically manipulated in households in order for medication practices to align with the understandings, resources and practicalities of households. Understanding the home as a centre of medication practice decentralises the role of health advisors (whether mainstream or alternative) in wellness practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-43
Number of pages23
JournalSociology of Health and Illness
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014


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