In this chapter, I introduce and illustrate how to use assemblage theorising, as derived from the work of Deleuze and Guattari, to critically examine issues of health. Although I acknowledge the utility of the determinants of health model and the socio-ecological perspective, which have proven popular within health education, I raise concern with their normative and evaluative notions of health. These concerns provide a justification for exploring assemblage theorising and alternative ways of knowing health. I then demonstrate how assemblage theorising allows for examining and understanding how particular bodies and realities (e.g. health) emerge or become in specific social and material contexts. In this regard, I show how assemblage thinking can aid understanding of how select ‘in-determinants’ of health, such as social isolation or life with an alcoholic, produce and affect specific bodies.
|Title of host publication||Social Theory in Health Education|
|Subtitle of host publication||Forging New Insights in Research|
|Editors||Deana Leahy, Katie Fitzpatrick, Jan Wright|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon UK|
|Number of pages||10|
|ISBN (Print)||9781138485730, 9781138485754|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|