Foucault, Health and Medicine / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

Subjects incl. Foucault & the sociology of health & illness, mental health, criminality & the human sciences, etc.

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Editorial Reviews

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Comprises 12 contributions exploring Michel Foucault's work in medical sociology. Representative topics include the sociology of health and illness, the problem of child mental health, re-thinking health education through the concept of bio-power, and "governmentality" issues. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415151788
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/27/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Petersen is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Murdoch, Western Australia. Robin Bunton, is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Teesside, Middlesbrough.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Foreword: From governmentality to risk, some reflections on Foucault's contribution to medical sociology
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Foucault's medicine 1
1 Foucault and sociology of health and illness: a prismatic reading 15
2 Is there life after Foucault? Texts, frames and differends 31
3 Mental health, criminality and the human sciences 53
4 At risk of maladjustment: the problem of child mental health 74
5 Foucault and the medicalisation critique 94
6 Is health education good for you? Re-thinking health education through the concept of bio-power 113
7 Bodies at risk: sex, surveillance and hormone replacement therapy 134
8 Foucault, embodiment and gendered subjectivities: the case of voluntary self-starvation 151
9 Of health and statecraft 173
10 Risk, governance and the new public health 189
11 Governing the risky self: how to become healthy, wealthy and wise 207
12 Popular health, advanced liberalism and Good Housekeeping magazine 223
Index 249
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