1 Institut for Antropologi, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Københavns Universitet2 University of Queensland3 Institut for Antropologi, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Københavns Universitet
Eyes Half Closed?
Commentators like Goldacre, Dawkins, and Singh and Ernst are worried that the rise in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) represents a flight from science propagated by enemies of reason. We outline what kind of problem CAM use is for these commentators and find that users of CAM are constituted as duped, ignorant, irrational, or immoral to explain CAM use. However, this form of problematization can be described as a flight from social science. We explore CAM use in light of the rigorous and robust social scientific body of knowledge. By pointing to the push and pull factors, CAM user’s experiences of their body, and the problem of patient choice in CAM use, we summarize some of the key findings made by social scientists and show how they trouble many of the reasoned assumptions about CAM use.
Qualitative Health Research, 2014, Vol 24, Issue 1, p. 114-123