Migrating medications: medication use and the transnationalization of familial healthcare practices

Hodgetts, Darrin, Nikora, Linda Waimarie, and Li, Wendy (2012) Migrating medications: medication use and the transnationalization of familial healthcare practices. In: Presentations from the International Interdisciplinary Social Inquiry Conference. From: International Interdisciplinary Social Inquiry Conference, 17-21 June 2012, Bursa, Turkey.

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Abstract

Migration is a prominent feature of life for large numbers of people today. Migrant families bring with them to their adoptive countries various cultural understandings, rituals and healthcare traditions. This article draws on a range of qualitative methods (mapping, photographic and interview exercises) to explore the trans-nationalization of medication procurement and use within 12 migrant families. Specifically, we explore medications as enculturated objects that materialize links between countries of origin and New Zealand. Our analysis sheds light on how bringing medications from one's country of origin to a new home and regularly restocking medication supplies via return visits, allows these families to the maintain a sense of control and continuity in responses to threats of illness. As pharmaco-social objects, medications help migrants transcend the 'here' and the back 'there' and are implicated in the preservation and enactment of cultural identities, traditions and meanings.

Item ID: 22240
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
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Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2012 05:45
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion @ 20%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 60%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health @ 30%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920503 Health Related to Specific Ethnic Groups @ 70%
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