Hodgetts, D., Chamberlain, K., Gabe, J., Dew, K., Radley, A.,…, Nikora, L.W. (2010). Review Essay: Emplacement and everyday use of medications in domestic dwellings. Health & Place, available online 7 December 2010.
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To extend knowledge of relationships between people and domestic settings in the context of medication use, we conducted fieldwork in twenty households in New Zealand. These households contained a range of ‘medicative’ forms, including prescription drugs, traditional remedies, dietary supplements and enhanced foods. The location and use of these substances within domestic dwellings speaks to processes of emplacement and identity in the creation of spaces for care. Our analysis contributes to current understandings of the ways in which objects from ‘outside’ the home come to be woven into relationships, identities and meanings ‘inside’ the home. We demonstrate that, as well as being pharmacological objects, medications are complex, socially embedded objects with histories and memories that are ingrained within contemporary relationships of care and home-making practices.
This is an author’s accepted version of an article published in the journal: Health & Place. © 2010 Elsevier.