A1 Journal article – refereed

Reconfiguring health knowledges? Contemporary modes of self-care as ‘everyday fringe medicine’




List of Authors: Vuolanto Pia, Harley Bergroth, Johanna Nurmi, Suvi Salmenniemi

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Publication year: 2020

Journal: Public Understanding of Science

Volume number: 29

Issue number: 5

Number of pages: 16

ISSN: 0963-6625

eISSN: 1361-6609

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0963662520934752

URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0963662520934752


Abstract

The contestation of expertise is perhaps nowhere more pronounced than in
the field of health and well-being, on which this article focuses. A
multitude of practices and communities that stand in contentious
relationships with established forms of medical expertise and promote
personalised modes of self-care have proliferated across Euro-American
societies. Drawing on multi-sited ethnography in three domains –
body–mind–spirit therapies, vaccine hesitancy and consumer-grade digital
self-tracking – we map such practices through the concept of ‘everyday
fringe medicine’. The concept of everyday fringe medicine enables us to
bring together various critical health and well-being practices and to
unravel the complex modes of contestation and appreciation of the
medical establishment that are articulated within them. We find three
critiques of the medical establishment – critiques of medical knowledge
production, professional practices and the knowledge base – which make
visible the complexities related to public understandings of science
within everyday fringe medicine.


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