Medications and therapeutic pluralism: social consumptions, logic(s) and rationalities


The aim of the research project that we propose to carry out is to contribute to extending sociological knowledge of the logic(s) and rationalities that embrace the present-day therapeutic pluralism that has spread among the lay universes. In concrete terms, on the basis of actual daily experiences, it is intended to ascertain the criteria that determine the choice between pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapeutic options. In particular, it is to ascertain lay criteria for the credibility of information sources and the criteria for therapeutic effectiveness and risk assessment, which guide the therapeutic practices adopted. As a corollary, it is intended to confer visibility on the social content and constructed nature of the lay knowledges that underpin and "self"-legitimise therapeutic management options.

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Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)
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CIES-IUL - Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology
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