Preventicum: The osmotic space of health

Ronen Shamir*

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Ethnographic observations at an early-detection centre for cancer serve as a basis for theorising the spatiality of preventive medicine. Based on insights from both the sociology of health and the sociology of space, the article outlines a re-spatialisation of health by articulating the concept of osmotic-spatiality: spatial-temporal arrangements which transform health into a personal task and an individual achievement, producing the subjectivity of ‘healthy patients’.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492-510
Number of pages19
JournalCurrent Sociology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2017


  • Early detection
  • health and illness
  • preventive medicine
  • relational space
  • spatiality


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