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The ill-health assemblage: beyond the body-with-organs

Fox, N.J (2011) The ill-health assemblage: beyond the body-with-organs. Health Sociology Review, 20 (4). pp. 359-371. ISSN 1446-1242


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The ill-health assemblage comprises the networks of biological, psychological and sociocultural relations that surround bodies during ill-health. The paper argues for health sociology to reject an organic body-with-organs as its unit of analysis of health and illness, and replace it with an approach to embodiment deriving from Deleuze and Guattari's ontology. I set out the three key terms: the body-without-organs (BwO), assemblages, and territorialisation. These concepts will be applied to health and illness, to develop an understanding of an ill-health assemblage. I contrast this with the biomedicalised body-with-organs, and explore the shaping of the ill-health assemblage in a case study.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2011 e-Content Management. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in Health Sociology Review. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: assemblage; biomedicine; body-without-organs; Deleuze and Guattari; ill-health
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Health and Related Research (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Miss Anthea Tucker
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2012 10:55
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:37
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5172/hesr.2011.434
Status: Published
Publisher: e-Content Management
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.5172/hesr.2011.434
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43774

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