Patients as Consumer and the Personalisation of Medicine

21 January 2019, 17:00 - 19:00

Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

The third reading group will explore the framing of patients as consumers and the personalisation of medicine, building on the discussions from the first reading group in Michaelmas. We will explore this topic using concepts such as embodiment, the quantified self, and biopolitics, while also adopting a critical historical perspective on the development of the idea of patients as consumers.
The discussion will be framed by a consideration of political economy, and the role big data plays in shaping the markets around health.


Mold, A. (2010) Patient groups and the construction of the patient-consumer in Britain: An historical overview. Journal of Social Policy, 39(4), 505-521.
Lupton, D. (2013) Quantifying the body: monitoring and measuring health in the age of mHealth technologies. Critical Public Health, 23(4), 393-403.
Brotherton, P. S. (2008) “We have to think like capitalists but continue being socialists”: Medicalized subjectivities, emergent capital, and socialist entrepreneurs in post‐Soviet Cuba. American Ethnologist, 35(2), 259-274.



Open to all.  No registration required
Part of Health, Medicine and Agency Research Network Seminar series

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