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Sociol Health Illn. 2008 Nov;30(7):1007-21. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2008.01093.x. Epub 2008 Jun 18.

What are health identities and how may we study them?

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  • 1University of Sheffield, Regent Court, Sheffield, UK.


This paper draws together findings from studies of health and identity to develop a model of health identities, based upon Deleuze and Guattari's approach to understanding the relationship between self, body and society. The model is used to inform a methodology for the empirical study of identities in relation to health and the body. Using a sample interview transcript, the methodology of analysis is demonstrated. The application of the model and the methodology for studying health identities are discussed.

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