Fresh perspective: social research on antimicrobial resistance – Symposium and networking event – British academy London –

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Paper - Seeking UTI care ‘that works’ in Uganda - Antimicrobial resistance demands an interdisciplinary response that draws insights from both biomedical and social science. But this is the easy part: work across disciplinary boundaries is often less problematic than communication across epistemological ones. Moreover, the challenge is not only to attend to ‘the social’ in AMR, but also to attend to the genomic and pathogenic in the social. Perhaps ‘new materialism’ offers a single epistemological perspective from which to explore assemblages of human and non-human actants, material objects and flows, and discourses and practices. Again, this is the easy part: how to design research programs where qualitative and quantitative, and social and medical data are collected synergistically and analyse integratively? This paper begins to address these issues by drawing on pilot data from the HATUA project (an international, interdisciplinary study of the drivers of AMR in Urinary Tract Infections in three East African countries). Focus group respondents from diverse communities describe complex health-seeking behaviours that move back and forth between folk, popular and professional sectors, and proscription, self-medication and drug experimentation. In the context of limited resources, AMR, and unregulated pharma, care ‘that works’ emerges from a complex of bio-social interactions.
Period10 Sept 2018
Event typeConference
LocationLondon , United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational