16th biennal congress of the ESHMS
Healthy lives: technologies, policies and experiences
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
In European societies, the imperative of good health keeps expanding. Health literacy,
developments in personalized medicine, health and illness self-monitoring through
mobile information and communication technologies, shared medical decision making,
rising individualization of risks in health insurances, all support the normative
importance of leading healthy lives. In daily life and in encounters with healthcare institutions, individuals are expected to manage their own health through the adoption of healthy behaviours and/or endorsement of patient-centred and family focused care.
Healthism, self-surveillance and individual regulation affect the experience of healthy
and ill individuals, their relationships with healthcare professionals, but also public health policies and the monitoring of population health. At the same time, different social trends challenge this dominant discourse. Unfavourable conditions in childhood, socioeconomic inequalities, instability of family ties, increasing requirements in job performance, inequalities in access to health care and growing difficulties associated with ageing limit the ability to lead healthy lives. Furthermore, some individuals deliberately challenge the imperative for health and youth, by refusing medical treatments or disease screening, by adopting risky behaviours, or by criticizing healthsustaining technologies and strategies. The conference aims to address the dominant norm of leading healthy lives (technologies, policies and experiences) and to consider the different resources used to reach ‘health’.
Département de sociologie
Université de Genève
40, bd du Pont d'Arve (bureau 4210)
CH-1211 Genève 4