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Biomedicalization and the Practice of CultureGlobalization and Type 2 Diabetes in the United States and Japan$
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Mari Armstrong-Hough

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469646688

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646688.001.0001

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Diabetes at Home

Diabetes at Home

Explanatory Models in Everyday Practice

(p.110) Chapter Six Diabetes at Home
Biomedicalization and the Practice of Culture

Mari Armstrong-Hough

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter uses interview data collected from Japanese patients, members of the general public, and health care providers to examine personal explanatory models and illness narratives surrounding type 2 diabetes. Participants articulated a model of health that revolves around the idea of an “ordered” life. In particular, order comes from careful adherence to a classification of time and relies on a clear division of domestic labor. Having a “rhythm” to one’s life, and observing regular, unchanging hours for core activities like waking, eating, and bathing were identified as key to a healthy life. But the responsibility for this temporal maintenance falls largely on women: women work to organize the time of loved ones into a healthy, regular rhythm. Men without mothers, wives, sisters, or daughters to take care of them are thus thought to be particularly at risk of illness.

Keywords:   Explanatory models, Temporal management, Gender, Daily practices, Philosophy of health

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