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BiocitizenshipThe Politics of Bodies, Governance, and Power$
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Kelly E. Happe, Jenell Johnson, and Marina Levina

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479845194

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479845194.001.0001

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The Rise of Health Activism

The Rise of Health Activism

The Importance of Social Class to Biosociality

(p.204) 9 The Rise of Health Activism

Celia Roberts

Richard Tutton

NYU Press

Biosociality has proven to be a generative concept for STS scholars, anthropologists and medical sociologists and has been subject to sustained engagement, development and critique. A number of researchers have taken the concept and tested it against a range of empirical sites of inquiry including patient, health and disease advocacy. In particular, when groups have formed in relation to genetic and disease conditions, classifications such as race and gender appear to be powerful mobilizing and shaping forces. But what about social class? Is class a regressive category of little salience today? Or does it help us to understand some of the dynamics of group formation and activism? Drawing on work in medical sociology on class, health and neoliberalism, this chapter explores the ways in which class is salient to discussions of biosociality and patient advocacy movements.

Keywords:   Biosociality, Health activism, Class, Embodiment, Biosectionality

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