Pregnant Bodies, Physical Activity and Health Literacy
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In this article, we study health literacy as entangled and situated processes of authorisation of pregnant women to become competent caretakers of their own physical activity and health based on the development of the practice of ‘learning to take notice’. Based on our ethnographic fieldwork in a randomised controlled trial on physical activity during pregnancy called FitMum, we develop a processual conceptualisation of health authorisation as multidirectional flows between participants, staff and technologies. Using the concepts of attunement and authorisation from Latour and Despret, we suggest that health literacy is not just something that can be acquired once and for all, but is processual and must be maintained, nurtured and developed through continuous negotiations, adjustments and adaptations to the constantly changing conditions of the health subject.
|Journal||Body and Society|
|Number of pages||27|
|Publication status||Published - 2022|
The authors wish to thank Caroline Borup Roland, Signe De Place Knudsen, Anne Dsane Andersen, Jane Bendix, Tine D. Clausen, Stig Molsted, Andreas Kryger Jensen, Ellen Løkkegaard, Bente Stallknecht, Saud Abdulaziz M Alomairah and all the staff and participants in the FitMum project and at NOH for their valuable help and collaboration needed to produce the empirical material for this paper. The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by Trygfonden under grant number 128509.
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by Trygfonden under grant number 128509.
© The Author(s) 2022.
- attunement, clinical trial, ethnography, health literacy, health promotion, physical activity, pregnancy