'Deleuze for goodness sake': examining health inequities via assemblage theorising

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Theory in Health Education
Subtitle of host publicationForging New Insights in Research
EditorsDeana Leahy, Katie Fitzpatrick, Jan Wright
Place of PublicationAbingdon UK
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781351048163
ISBN (Print)9781138485730, 9781138485754
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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