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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

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

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646688.003.0007

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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