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dc.contributor.authorFullagar, Simoneen_US
dc.contributor.editorG Scrambler, P Higgs, R Levinsonen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-24T11:39:59Z
dc.date.available2017-04-24T11:39:59Z
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.date.modified2010-11-03T07:05:03Z
dc.identifier.issn14778211en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1057/sth.2008.7en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/21584
dc.description.abstractThe identification of depression as a global health problem has lead to the proliferation of websites providing information, advice and treatment pathways. As a form of e-scaped mental health promotion (Nettleton, 2004) these sites mobilise different discourses of depression to improve mental health literacy, help seeking and support. This article draws upon insights from governmentality and feminist theorists to examine how a high profile, publicly funded Australian website, Beyondblue (www.beyondblue.or.au) discursively constitutes depression as a problem for individuals and populations, such as women. Through a discursive analysis I considered how the website mobilised different forms of expertise as sources authority about depression and recovery. Although gender differences and social factors were acknowledged in relation to depressive experience, the self-certainty of biomedical language prevailed. Web users were urged to think about themselves primarily as somatic subjects with chemical deficits that required pharmacological or psychotherapeutic treatment (Novas and Rose, 2000). Although there were some discursive tensions arising from the representation of gender and depression, the website contained little critical engagement with different notions of mental health literacy. While acknowledging their partiality, feminist and governmentality perspectives can enable a more critical examination of how e-scaped mental health promotion initiatives actively participate in the formation of new kinds of somatic subjectivitiesen_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
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dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherPalgrave Macmillanen_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom323en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto341en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue4en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalSocial Theory & Healthen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume6en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode370199en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode321204en_US
dc.titleSites of somatic subjectivity: E-scaped mental health promotion and the biopolitics of depressionen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Business School, Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Managementen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright 2008 Palgrave Macmillan. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Social Theory & Health. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Social Theory & Health Volume 6, Pages 323-341 is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/sth.2008.7en_AU
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