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Home modifications and ways of living well

Sakellariou, Dikaios 2015. Home modifications and ways of living well. Medical Anthropology 34 (5) , pp. 456-469. 10.1080/01459740.2015.1012614

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People living with a disability or illness and health care professionals often have different perspectives on what needs to be done, and why, in order to create a life they can recognize as good. Focusing on home modifications, I explore the enactment of diverging perspectives on the desired good. I show how one couple living with the effects of motor neuron disease in Wales tried to create a way of living. Drawing from a narrative-based study, I explore what happens when there is an interaction of different perspectives of what is considered to be a desirable outcome. I argue that the construction of some expectations as needs, and others as desires, serves to subjugate people to certain technologies. These technologies are those deemed necessary, following a neo-liberal language of cost-effectiveness where desires can be seen as liabilities.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1545-5882
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2019 18:29

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