Basic Healthcare Network, field of forces and micropolitics: implications for health management and care

Emerson Elias Merhy Laura Camargo Macruz Feuerwerker Mara Lisiane de Moraes Santos Debora Cristina Bertussi Rossana Staevie Baduy About the authors


The purpose of this paper is to discuss the micropolitics of health management and care in the Basic Healthcare Network (RB). It starts by what is understood by RB and then by micropolitics – of management and of care. We analyze the forces that are operating in the daily routine of the RB that are established in the relational acts, in the meetings, between managers and workers, among workers, among all these and the users, constituting fields of force, which shape ways of being in the meeting, managing processes of subjectivation. Five central value forces stand out so that the inside and the outside of everyday events of health care practices can be thought of: labor force-value, territory force-value, government of self and government of the other force-value, clinical-care force-value and teamwork force-value. The bet on a way of caring in RB, centered on the production of potencies to face the challenges of living with suffering, with illness and its unfoldings in diverse and adverse situations should contribute to the production of possible and favorable existences to the best ways of walking life with all its challenges.

Comprehensive health care; Primary Health Care; Public Health Policy; Interpersonal Relations; Professional Practice

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