Foucault, Health and Medicine / Edition 1

Foucault, Health and Medicine / Edition 1

by Robin Bunton
     
 

The reception of Michel Foucault's work in the social sciences and humanities has been phenomenal. Foucault's concepts and methodology have encouraged new approaches to old problems and opened up new lines of enquiry. This book assesses the contribution of Foucault's work to research and thinking in the area of health and medicine, and shows how key researchers in

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The reception of Michel Foucault's work in the social sciences and humanities has been phenomenal. Foucault's concepts and methodology have encouraged new approaches to old problems and opened up new lines of enquiry. This book assesses the contribution of Foucault's work to research and thinking in the area of health and medicine, and shows how key researchers in the sociology of health and illness are currently engaging with his ideas.
Foucault, Health and Medicine explores such important issues as: Foucault's concept of 'discourse', the critique of the 'medicalization' thesis, the analysis of the body and the self, Foucault's concept of 'bio-power' in the analysis of health education, the implications of Foucault's ideas for feminist research on embodiment and gendered subjectivities, the application of Foucault's notion of governmentality to the analysis of health policy, health promotion, and the consumption of health.
Foucault, Health and Medicine offers a 'state of the art' overview of Foucaldian scholarship in the area of health and medicine. It will provide a key reference for both students and researchers working in the areas of medical sociology, health policy, health promotion and feminist studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415151788
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/27/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Foreword: From governmentality to risk, some reflections on Foucault's contribution to medical sociology
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Foucault's medicine1
1Foucault and sociology of health and illness: a prismatic reading15
2Is there life after Foucault? Texts, frames and differends31
3Mental health, criminality and the human sciences53
4At risk of maladjustment: the problem of child mental health74
5Foucault and the medicalisation critique94
6Is health education good for you? Re-thinking health education through the concept of bio-power113
7Bodies at risk: sex, surveillance and hormone replacement therapy134
8Foucault, embodiment and gendered subjectivities: the case of voluntary self-starvation151
9Of health and statecraft173
10Risk, governance and the new public health189
11Governing the risky self: how to become healthy, wealthy and wise207
12Popular health, advanced liberalism and Good Housekeeping magazine223
Index249

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