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Configuring Health Consumers

Health Work and the Imperative of Personal Responsibility

  • Roma Harris
  • Nadine Wathen
  • Sally Wyatt

Part of the Health, Technology and Society book series (HTE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Health(y) Citizenship: Technology, Work and Narratives of Responsibility

    1. Sally Wyatt, Roma Harris, Nadine Wathen
      Pages 1-10
  3. Part I

  4. Part II

  5. Part III

  6. Part IV

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Flis Henwood, Leslie Carlin, Elizabeth S. Guy, Audrey M. Marshall, Helen Smith
      Pages 194-210
    3. Roma Harris, Nadine Wathen, Sally Wyatt
      Pages 211-224
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 225-267

About this book


This book explore assumptions underpinning contemporary health policy discourses that emphasize personal responsibility for health, consider how they attach to changing information technologies, and discuss their influence on emerging forms of health 'work'.


autonomy cancer care communication community health health care health policy healthcare Internet Nation obesity

Editors and affiliations

  • Roma Harris
    • 1
  • Nadine Wathen
    • 1
  • Sally Wyatt
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of Western OntarioCanada
  2. 2.Virtual Knowledge StudioRoyal Academy for Arts & SciencesThe Netherlands

About the editors

SAMANTHA ADAMS is Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam, The Netherlands LUCY APHRAMOR is Honorary Research Fellow in the Applied Research Centre in Health and Lifestyle Interventions, Coventry University, UK MARIA BAKARDJIEVA is Professor and Division Head, Communication, Faculty of Communication and Culture, University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada LESLIE BELLA is Honorary Research Professor in the School of Social Work, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada LESLIE CARLIN is a Research Fellow in Primary Care and Public Health, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, UK JACQUI GINGRAS is Assistant Professor in the School of Nutrition at Ryerson University in Toronto and a Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of Ontario, Canada MAYA GOLDENBERG is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Bachelor of Arts and Science Program, University of Guelph, Canada ELIZABETH GUY is Senior Lecturer in Digital Media in the School of Computing, Mathematical and Information Sciences, University of Brighton, UK FLIS HENWOOD is Professor of Social Informatics in the School of Computing, Mathematical and Information Sciences, University of Brighton, UK AUDREY MARSHALL is Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing, Mathematical and Information Sciences and a member of the Social Informatics Research Unit, University of Brighton, UK CLARE MOYNIHAN is a Medical Sociologist and Senior Research Fellow and Research Associate at the Institute of Cancer Research and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, UK PÄR SALANDER is Professor in the Department of Social Work, Umeå University, Sweden PETER SALMON is Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Liverpool, UK HELEN SMITH is Professor of Primary Care at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, UK PHILIPPA SPOEL is Associate Professor of English at Laurentian University, Canada TIFFANY VEINOT is Assistant Professor in the School of Information, with a cross-appointment at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, USA CORINNE WEISGERBER is Assistant Professor of Communication at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, USA SARAH WILCOX is Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Sarah Lawrence College in New York, USA

Bibliographic information


'The vignettes of research here are important and timely and will offer some useful entry points for students and scholars seeking to get a flavour of some key debates in current medical sociology.' - Sociology of Health & Illness