Potency and vulnerability: troubled 'selves' in the context of antiretroviral therapy.

@article{Persson2006PotencyAV,
  title={Potency and vulnerability: troubled 'selves' in the context of antiretroviral therapy.},
  author={Asha Persson and Christy Elizabeth Newman},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={2006},
  volume={63 6},
  pages={1586-96}
}
The concepts of health and self have become intimately entangled in contemporary western society. Health is figured as a marker of identity, as a vehicle of self-production and self-actualisation, while the individual is also made increasingly responsible for his or her health. In this paper, we explore how "self" is constituted in discourses that shape the ways in which people understand and do health and medicine, particularly discourses of neoliberalism and of the immune system. Of interest… CONTINUE READING