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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.
Subjects incl. Foucault & the sociology of health & illness, mental health, criminality & the human sciences, etc.
|List of contributors|
|Foreword: From governmentality to risk, some reflections on Foucault's contribution to medical sociology|
|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|