Nordic research network for medical history: agendas of health and medical history
These are the five key concepts of the network:
- Medicalisation: To what extent can ”medicalisation” be used to describe the social role of Western medicine after c. 1850? Does the concept vary in content and explanatory power according to circumstances?
- Bio-politics: Is ”bio-politics” a meaningful concept? In which areas is it appropriate and what methodological guidance does it contribute?
- Health Citizenship: Is ”health citizenship” a fruitful analytical tool to understand the development of individual and collective rights and duties in the areas of public health and medical services? To what extent does this concept bring out the societal interrelatedness of health and medical history?
- Governmentality: What is the relationship of ”governmentality” to the concepts just mentioned? What theoretical and methodological tools enable an understanding of “un-governability” – the resistance to being governed by science and politics?
- Historicization: How can medicine and health be ”historicized”? What are the benefits of a systematic historicization of diseases, laboratory results, medical technology? And what problems does such a theoretical and methodological approach present?