Oppression of the disease and its treatment

In looking at health literacy from a socio-cultural and critical perspective, one of the themes I’m looking at is oppression. I had originally thought that I’d be looking at my experience and how the healthcare system (e.g. providers, insurance companies) was oppressing me – although I questioned the term oppression in part because the healthcare system Read More …

We need to talk about ethics and social media: a conversation

It is nice seeing the article online (I don’t have a print version yet). But even nicer was the memory of time spent with Marie writing the chapter. The time we spent working out the format, and figuring out how it would all come together. We spent a lot of team reading the seconds out loud to each other. We also had to work through regional language quirks. Read More …

Health Literacy repositioned

I recently read an article on health literacy by Uta Papen: Papen, U. (2009). Literacy, Learning and Health–A social practices view of health literacy. Literacy and Numeracy Studies: An international journal in the education and training of adults, 16(2-1), 19-34. Retrieved from https://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/lnj/article/download/1275/1326. The dominant view is that health literacy is an ability possessed by individuals Read More …