Health Promotion: Philosophy, Prejudice and Practice / Edition 2

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Overview

Incisively written, this new edition of a popular guide first published in 1996 slices through the rhetoric of health promotion. Its penetrating analysis quickly reveals health promotion’s conceptual roots, providing an enlightening map of their web of theory and practice.

David Seedhouse proves that health promotion, a discipline intended to improve the health of a population, is prejudiced—every plan and every project stems first from human values—and argues that only by acknowledging this will a mature discipline emerge. To help speed progress the author proposes a positive, practical theory of health promotion destined to inspire anyone who wishes to create better health.

This new edition includes three new chapters on conventional health promotion, radical and foundational health promotion and mental health promotion, providing examples of the use of foundational health promotion. This new edition also adds five new teaching exercises, incorporates and updates the guide for teachers and lecturers and includes a new topical case study. This book is laced with entertaining dialogues and readers are encouraged to explore ten carefully presented exercises.

Educational, accessible and intelligent, Health Promotion: Philosophy, Prejudice and Practice, 2nd Edition is a seminal work which heralds the beginning of the end of health promotion’s long adolescence. It is nothing less than essential reading for all practitioners and students of health promotion.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Jesus Ramirez-Valles
This book discusses some of the basic assumptions and concepts of health promotion. It provides a critique of the concept of health and of health promotion as a practice and proposes a theoretical and philosophical foundation for the practice of health promotion. The purpose is to make health promoters aware of the ethical, political, and philosophical bases of their work and to provide a new theoretical approach that recognizes and addresses these bases. The book is addressed to undergraduate students and practitioners of health promotion and public health in general. It will be useful in introductory courses and as a reading for discussion. It includes a set of dialogues and exercises to facilitate readers' learning and to encourage self-reflection. In addition, it presents summaries at the end of each section. The purposes of the book, although meaningful, are too broad and pretentious. The book does not represent the diversity and depth of current literature on the topic, and the arguments are not elaborated well. Therefore, the author's critique and proposed theory are not well supported. Yet, the book is clear and easy to read and thought provoking for the nonspecialist in health promotion. It raises important and too frequently overlooked questions about the role of health promotion in the broader sociopolitical context.
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Reviewer: Jesus Ramirez-Valles, MPH, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This book discusses some of the basic assumptions and concepts of health promotion. It provides a critique of the concept of health and of health promotion as a practice and proposes a theoretical and philosophical foundation for the practice of health promotion.
Purpose: The purpose is to make health promoters aware of the ethical, political, and philosophical bases of their work and to provide a new theoretical approach that recognizes and addresses these bases.
Audience: The book is addressed to undergraduate students and practitioners of health promotion and public health in general.
Features: It will be useful in introductory courses and as a reading for discussion. It includes a set of dialogues and exercises to facilitate readers' learning and to encourage self-reflection. In addition, it presents summaries at the end of each section.
Assessment: The purposes of the book, although meaningful, are too broad and pretentious. The book does not represent the diversity and depth of current literature on the topic, and the arguments are not elaborated well. Therefore, the author's critique and proposed theory are not well supported. Yet, the book is clear and easy to read and thought provoking for the nonspecialist in health promotion. It raises important and too frequently overlooked questions about the role of health promotion in the broader sociopolitical context.

2 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470847336
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.77 (w) x 9.65 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID SEEDHOUSE was born in Nottingham, England. He was educated at Carre's Grammar School, Sleaford (1967-74) and 'The Vic', Sleaford (1971-last orders). He continued this research programme at Manchester University (1977-84) and 'The Grafton', Rusholme (1977-?) where he achieved degrees in philosophy, and of memory loss.
Though captivated by good philosophical analysis and the prospect of uninterrupted lunch-time refreshment, David decided against a conventional academic career. He found most philosophy socially irrelevant (not least to fellow Graftonites) and determined to apply his philosophical skills to actual problems - not hypothetical ones.
To this end David accepted posts in health studies, nursing and medical departments. His experiences in these aggressively non-philosophical settings persuaded him to write practical philosophy books for health professionals. The real world continues to drive this writing, even after nine books for Wiley in twelve years.
David moved to Auckland in 1992 and is now a citizen of both Britain and New Zealand. He lives happily alongside the Tamaki estuary, with this wife Hilary and daughter Charlotte, and for some reason enjoys a consistently warm welcome from Ed, the local bottle-shop owner.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part One the magpie profession.

Dialogue One Health promotion on offer: all models available.

Dialogue Two Where's the beef?

Chapter One Glad to be vague.

Chapter Two Hollow words - and how to reveal them.

Chapter Three Evidence and ethics.

Dialogue Three Progress so far.

Part Two Prejudice first, evidence second.

Chapter Four What drive health promotion?

Chapter Five The political tap roots of health promotion.

Dialogue Four The outsider.

Chapter Six The outsider problem.

Part Three The foundations theory of health promotion.

Chapter Seven An introduction to the foundations of health promotion.

Chapter Eight Tough questions.

Dialogue Five The end of illusion.

Chapter Nine Ethics and health promotion.

Chapter Ten Rational health promotion.

Dialogue Six Time to face the music.

Dialogue Seven Seven strategies for health.

References.

Index.

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