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Introduction: reconceptualising complementary and alternative medicine as knowledge production and social transformation
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8632-6877
2018 (English)In: Complementary and alternative medicine: knowledge production and social transformation / [ed] Caragh Brosnan, Pia Vuolanto, Jenny-Ann Brodin Danell, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, p. 1-29Chapter in book (Other academic)
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This introduction proposes new directions for the social science of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). It firstly reviews trends and gaps in the sociology of CAM, which has largely focussed on issues related to motivations for use, professionalisation struggles, and CAM’s relationship to biomedicine. CAM is more often treated as a signifier of social change than as a set of practices shaped by, and implicated in, epistemic and social transformations. By drawing on approaches from Science and Technology Studies (STS)—including actor-network theory and theories of boundary work, social worlds, co-production, and epistemic cultures—the chapter calls attention to CAM’s contingency, situatedness, materiality, and co-production within various spheres of governance and knowledge production. Such perspectives, it is argued, offer fruitful ways of comprehending what CAM is and how and why it is evolving.

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London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. p. 1-29
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Health, Technology and Society
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-146259DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-73939-7_1ISBN: 978-3-319-73938-0 (print)ISBN: 978-3-319-73939-7 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-146259DiVA, id: diva2:1194530
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Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2018-04-03 Created: 2018-04-03 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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