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Take Care!: The Ideal Patient and Self-Governing
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this thesis, a phenomenological approach is taken as the purpose is to discuss how the healthcare experiences of Swedish patients with chronic illness are affected by political state reforms and governing technologies. The thesis compares the discourse of Swedish healthcare policy with the discourse of healthcare in practice. Swedish healthcare has gone through major changes during the past decades, which have affected the state-to-patient relationship. This shift involved a transfer of responsibility from the state to its citizens, enabled through patient empowerment. In this change, a new ideal patient-role emerged, which is the patient as an informed and active consumer. What this thesis shows is the existence of a discrepancy between the ideal patient-role in governmental writing and the same ideal patient-role in the reality of the healthcare system. The ethnography consists of a literature study of healthcare policy documents and interviews with ten informants about their experiences of healthcare, in connection with the chronic diseases that affected their lives. The aim has been to examine the governing qualities of healthcare policy and practice, implementing Foucault’s theory of governmentality and technologies of the self. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 80
Series
Masteruppsatser i kulturantropologi, ISSN 1653-2244 ; 91
Keywords [en]
Governing technologies, Swedish healthcare, patient-physician-relationship, morality, neoliberalism, empowerment, chronic illness, self-care, consumer patient, healthcare policy, the Patient Act, public health.
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Other Humanities not elsewhere specified Social Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-377317OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-377317DiVA, id: diva2:1289715
Subject / course
Cultural Anthropology
Educational program
Master Programme in the Humanities - Cultural Anthropology
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Available from: 2019-02-20 Created: 2019-02-18 Last updated: 2019-02-20Bibliographically approved

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