To explore the various way people’s bodies are affected and shaped while being disturbed by a health problem and while being engaged in various treatments and practices, we analyse how the body is lived, framed, and “performed” in actual practices. Because we focus on performativity, we also analyse the material context in which this takes place.
We mainly conduct qualitative research. We analyse a mixture of relevant, mainly written, sources, such as information leaflets, internet sites, textbooks, reports, fictional and non-fictional stories or “pathographies”. In addition, we collect and analyse various types of qualitative data, such as fieldwork notes and interview transcripts.