The readings we examine in this session encourage us to broaden the conceptual landscape of ‘health-related behaviour’ to consider the potential complexities with which notions of ‘health’ are entangled. We look at the problems faced by scholars who seek to isolate behaviours in discrete categories and the possible assistance social theory might provide for a re-imagined ‘health behaviour’.
Williams, Simon J. (1995) Theorising class, health and lifestyles: can Bourdieu help us?, Sociology of Health Illness 17(5): 577-604
Law, John and Mol, Annemarie (2002) Complexities: an introduction in Complexities: Social Studies of Knowledge Practices, p. 1-22, Duke University Press
Part of the Health and Welfare Research Group seminar series.
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