21st Century Science: Health, Agency and Well-Being

Health, Agency and Well-Being

Welcome to the 21st Century Science: Health, Agency and Well-Being research project. The popular experiences of alternative healing, DIY and free and open source technology are everyday experiences of the contemporary individual. These experiences are being conceptualised by Fuller (2010) as ‘anti-establishment science movements’ which tacitly challenge the highly socially positioned ‘scientific expert’, the social agent of the establishment science. In the field of health, these movements are challenging the biomedical domination in the field. One of the responses to deal with the authority challenges has been the absorption of selective alternative healing practices (such as acupuncture, homeopathy) into the established health systems while reasserting the central place of biomedicine with continued usage of the referents ‘alternative’ and ‘complementary’.

The project will explore and assess a number of core themes:

  • Alternative and self-healing practices beyond the relational milieu vis-à-vis a conventional/non-conventional medicine binary
  • Everyday science, self-healing and empowerment
  • The consequences of the anti-establishment science movements for economic relations determining the health care industry
  • The relevance of these movements in relation to the existent theories of power

Related themes will also be identified for development and exploration. Out of our deliberations it is anticipated that a series of related cross context research projects will develop.