Part IX (9)--Health - Part IXHealth Social processesinfluences peoples access to good health Social capitalimportant contributor to continuing good

Part IX (9)--Health - Part IXHealth Social...

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Part IX—HealthSocial processes—influences people’s access to good healthSocial capital—important contributor to continuing good healthPoverty and inequality—negative consequences on people’s healthArgues—everyone can benefit from social capital and meaningful interactions, trust, and affection they provideMen who have sex with men—risky dangerous sex if they lack the intimacy and trust they make for good healthScientific knowledge—not always purely rationalPaper—recent increase in professionals supporting the idea of suppressing menstruationWomen have every right to wonder about the ideological motivations that promote certain medical points of view about women’s bodily functioningSociologists—view human body as biological entity whose well being is being altered by social determinants such as social capital and social inequality Also view human body as political and ideological entity; cultural entity—with social shared meaningsScott—examine the social and cultural meanings attached to post childbirth, no longer functioning placentaStepnisky—explores biocitizenship and the attribution of social meanings to medical events—ie illnessAs biocitizens, we invest our body and their functioning with personal meaning for our identityChapter 33—Biocitizenship and Mental Health in a Canadian ContextOut of the Shadows—to develop a mental health commission of CanadaTo provide a national vision for mental health care—introduces what it means to be a Canadian citizenConcept of biological citizenship—to describe the emerging form of relationship bw citizen and the statethat depend on biomedical knowledge about the body and its capacitiesCivic, political and social citizenshipindicate a contract in which rights are protected and guaranteed bythe state in exchange for citizen obligationsRelationship bw state and citizenship includes question of identityState must also ensure that cultural/ethnic identities are recognized and protectedIdea suggest—full citizenship is not only contractual, but also emotionalBiological citizenshipcomes from recognizing that ppl are increasingly making identities around problems of biological health
One’s biological wellbeingbecome an identity in itselfgives rise to biosocialities and lifestyles crafted around problems of illness and healthBiocitizenship—emerges when these identities intersect with politics of citizenshipIndividuals having forced a biological identitymake claims on the state in the name of health and wellbeingElements of biological citizenship—1) individualistic; 2) activist; 3) based on science educationIndividualism—distinguishes contemporary biocitizenship from previous forms in which popln health was regulated from aboveCurrent form of biocitizenship—emerges as the social welfare state disappears and government transfers

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