16th biennal congress of the ESHMS

Healthy lives: technologies, policies and experiences

Date: from Monday 27 June 2016 to Wednesday 29 June 2016

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’.

Conference details

Website: http://www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/socio/fr/recherche/healthy-lives-technologies-policies-and-experiences

Département de sociologie
Université de Genève
40, bd du Pont d'Arve (bureau 4210)
CH-1211 Genève 4