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‘Take Charge of your Health’: An Analysis of Self-care in Biomedicine

 
By

Arima Mishra

 
Abstract

Self-care in biomedicine is looked upon as a panacea to the ills of chronic diseases. Self-care implies that individuals are largely responsible for their own health and they could lead ‘healthy lives’ by engaging in a range of practices that enable them to manage, control and prevent risk factors of diseases. What constitutes the practices of self-care? How self-evident is the notion of self-care? Is self-care indeed a new concept? This paper, in this context, attempts to unravel the meanings and usage of self-care in biomedical discourse and examines some of its implications. This is done through an analysis of the usage of self-care in medical and nursing literature i.e. journal articles published in English and two Indian national dailies (newspapers).

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