Consolidating Patients' Rights in South Korea : The Case of the Breast Cancer Patients' Movement
My theoretical approach is indebted to the present scholarship on the sociology of individuals, particularly Danilo Martucelli's work on subjectivity(2002) and the theoretical framework of Health Social Movements (Brown, Zavestoski et al. 2005). In my analysis, I will refer to materials collected from different sources: web information provided by the UKBCP, participant observation and in-depth interviews.
The study will lead to a better understanding of objectives and strategies of the UKBCP. My hypothesis is that the heteronormative femininity has developed with the current regime of breast cancer. In this perspective, I will further examine the impact the regime has had on the biomedical world and the life of patients. I will also explore actions specifically concerning the rights claimed by patients and amendments in legislation. This paper will discuss the regime of breast cancer, which resonates with the cultural and political characteristics of reframing a South Korean welfare state and particular elements constituting the subjectivity of breast cancer patients.