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“Hammered down on every side” versus “just being positive”: A critical discursive approach to health inequality.

Anderson, Emma and Gibson, Stephen (2017) “Hammered down on every side” versus “just being positive”: A critical discursive approach to health inequality. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology. pp. 1-12.

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Abstract

Socio-economic and health inequality are strongly linked, and are increasingly perpetuated by discourses of individual responsibility. However, little research from a critical discursive perspective has addressed how people affected may themselves account for this relationship. This research examined the ways in which people who are in debt, unemployed, or in insecure, minimum-wage employment construct health and negotiate identities around it. Data from semi-structured interviews with six participants were analysed and three main interpretative repertoires were identified: a medical repertoire of health as a lack of illness; health as adopting the ‘right’ behaviours and attitudes; and health as being heavily influenced by external factors, such as income and life circumstances. The analysis focuses on how participants managed the tension between these latter two repertoires by adopting various subject positions around health: that it is ‘slipping’ away from them; that it requires motivation; and that it is unattainable. Underpinning this is a ‘common-sense’ idea of health as something that is worked towards through culturally approved actions and attitudes.

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Additional Information: "This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Anderson, Emma and Gibson, Stephen (2017) “Hammered down on every side” versus “just being positive”: A critical discursive approach to health inequality. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/casp.2315/full This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving."
Status: Published
DOI: 10.1002/casp.2315
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
School/Department: School of Psychological & Social Sciences
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/2221

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