Careful science? Bodywork and care practices in randomised clinical trials

Astrid Pernille Jespersen, Julie Bønnelycke, Hanne Hellerup Eriksen

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Concern about obesity has prompted numerous public health campaigns that urge people to be more physically active. The campaigns often include normative statements and attempt to impose restrictions on individuals' lives without considering the complexities of daily life. We suggest that broadening the focus to reflect everyday practices would foster better targeted public health campaigns. This article is based on our participation in FINE, a multidisciplinary Danish research project. The core methodology of FINE was a randomised controlled trial in which 61 moderately overweight men were put into different exercise groups. In this article we analyse the scientific work of the trial as representing entangled processes of bodywork, where data are extracted and objectified bodies are manipulated and care practices address the emotional, social and mundane aspects of the participants' everyday lives. Care …
TidsskriftSociology of Health and Illness
Udgave nummer5
Sider (fra-til)655
Antal sider669
StatusUdgivet - jun. 2014

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