Doing Everyday Diabetes
So far, in this book, I have maintained that there is little question about the seriousness of the impact of diabetes on people’s lives worldwide, nor is there any doubt about the technical legitimacy of the bio-physiological sciences in their rendering of the issue. We can, however, discern that there is a relationship between health and illness states and the forces of knowledge production as they become mediated by networks of expert power. The way in which diabetes has been studied, and how that knowledge has been applied by a variety of expert areas, including epidemiology, generates a particular perspective of diabetes that can be queried by critical work. While North American anthropology has been quick to apply a critical gaze to the production of situated knowledge, and to render louder those voices of subjugated populations hitherto silenced (see Ferreira and Lang 2006; Fee 2006; Rock 2005), sociologists dealing in diabetes and minority groups have been less willing to take on a more critical gaze until recently (laudable health service and user intervention studies notwithstanding). With this in mind, I have tried to lay the foundations for identifying some possible ways in which people categorised and deemed to be of South Asian origin in the UK are subject to constructions of particular, racialised constructions of diabetes risk. They are represented in the discursive constructions embedded into our daily ‘health’ aware lives, as ‘risky bodies’.
KeywordsDiabetes Management South Asian Woman Discursive Construction Health Discourse South Asian Community
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