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A politics of what: the enactment of peritoneal dialysis in indigenous Australians

McCarthy, Alexandra and Martin-McDonald, Kristine 2007, A politics of what: the enactment of peritoneal dialysis in indigenous Australians, Sociology of health and illness, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 82-99, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2007.00520.x.

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Title A politics of what: the enactment of peritoneal dialysis in indigenous Australians
Author(s) McCarthy, Alexandra
Martin-McDonald, Kristine
Journal name Sociology of health and illness
Volume number 29
Issue number 1
Start page 82
End page 99
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Limited
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2007-01
ISSN 0141-9889
1467-9566
Keyword(s) actor-network theory
peritoneal dialysis
rural Indigenous Australians
Summary This paper explores, on the one hand, the requirements of the technologies and practices that have been developed for a particular type of renal patient and health network in Australia. On the other, we examine the cultural and practical specificities entailed in the performance of these technologies and practices in the Indigenous Australian context. The praxiographic orientation of the actor-network approach – which has been called 'the politics of what' (Mol 2002) – enabled us to understand the difficulties involved in translating renal healthcare networks across cultural contexts in Australia; to understand the dynamic and contested nature of these networks; and to suggest possible strategies that make use of the tensions between these two disparate networks in ways that might ensure better healthcare for Indigenous renal patients.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2007.00520.x
Field of Research 111002 Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2007, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007107

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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