Dead metaphors and responsibilised bodies-in-transition:The implications of medical metaphors for understanding the consumption of preventative healthcare

Cheded, Mohammed and Liu, Chih-Ling and Hopkinson, Gillian (2021) Dead metaphors and responsibilised bodies-in-transition:The implications of medical metaphors for understanding the consumption of preventative healthcare. Journal of Marketing Management. ISSN 0267-257X (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper argues that metaphorical formulations around genetic categories have important implications for individuals’ experiences of their at-genetic-risk bodies vis-à-vis the market for prevention. Drawing on Jacques Derrida’s concept of usure, our findings unpack three central biomedical metaphors that shape the ways in which ‘previvor’ women with the BRCA gene mutation manage and experience their (risky) body-in-transition against the market for prevention. These are the metaphors of: the container, the omnipresent danger, and battle and journey. Our discussion unravels the processes of de/re-stabilisation of the (risky) body-in-transition, as well as the reconfiguration of their rights and duties in the market for prevention to become a good genetic citizen. Moving beyond a discussion of ‘consumer sovereignty’, we contribute to developing a contextually nuanced understanding of the complex relations between the lived experiences of ‘losing control’ and the consumption of prevention.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Journal of Marketing Management
Uncontrolled Keywords:
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157055
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Deposited On:
13 Jul 2021 15:45
Refereed?:
Yes
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In Press
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29 Sep 2021 08:48