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'A politics of what': the enactment of peritoneal dialysis in indigenous Australians

McCarthy, Alexandra and Martin-McDonald, Kristine (2007) 'A politics of what': the enactment of peritoneal dialysis in indigenous Australians. Sociology of Health and Illness, 29 (1). pp. 82-99. ISSN 0141-9889

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This paper explores, on the one hand, the requirements of the technologies and practices that have been developed for a particular type of renal patient and health network in Australia. On the other, we examine the cultural and practical specificities entailed in the performance of these technologies and practices in the Indigenous Australian context. The praxiographic orientation of the actor-network approach - which has been called 'the politics of what' (Mol 2002) - enabled us to understand the difficulties involved in translating renal healthcare networks across cultural contexts in Australia; to understand the dynamic and contested nature of these networks; and to suggest possible strategies that make use of the tensions between these two disparate networks in ways that might ensure better healthcare for Indigenous renal patients.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID16070, actor-network theory, peritoneal dialysis, rural Indigenous Australians
Subjects: Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Current > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Current > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Historical > SEO Classification > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Current > FOR Classification > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society
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Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2011 04:54
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2011 04:54
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